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Stern Calls to Action to prevent all 50 states from contracting H5N1!

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Maine is witnessing an increasing number of cases of fatal avian influenza.

Avian influenza, better known as H5N1, raised its ugly head in Maine in a petite flock in the Knox county in the month of February. This has put the state on “high alert”. Those who are the keepers of backyard poultry flocks are being asked to go for every precaution for preventing the further spread.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services of the US Department of Agriculture has provided updates on cases that have been newly identified in wild birds as well as backyard poultry. The department has also gone further with floating information about the resources, so as to help the people in keeping the birds healthy and reducing risk of infectious diseases. One of the vital factors over here would be applying a cap on human visitors.

It is interesting to know that H5N1 gets carried by flying wild waterfowl like shorebirds, geese, and ducks. Though avian flu does not render wild fowl sick, it does result in various symptoms in the domestic fowl inclusive of turkeys, chicken, pheasants, sucks, guinea fowl, and geese. As of now, wild as well as domestic animals have been infected by avian flu.

The symptoms encompass swollen heads, lack of appetite, combs and wattles turning blue, diarrhea, and respiratory distress. Also, production of eggs sees a notable drop. The severity of these symptoms is more in turkeys and chicken.

A Date at Indiana

Coming to Indiana, the regions around 4 farms that have been affected in Dubiose County are not under quarantine anymore and are also not permitted to sell eggs or poultry. This statement was made by Denise Derrer Spears – one of the spokespersons for Indiana State Board of Animal Health. He has further stated that 171K commercial turkeys have been forcibly destroyed for helping in prevention of spread of the avian flu, which is certainly looked upon as a “significant loss” to families herein.

What’s with Minnesota?

Coming to Minnesota, Dr. Shauna Voss, a senior veterinarian at Minnesota Board of Animal Health, states that several states are subject to getting infected with high-path avian flu. As such, backyard poultry, commercial poultry, and wild birds need to be looked into carefully. Also, this is the season of migration of birds towards North, which raises the risk of avian flu further.

How About Kansas?

Besides, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has confirmed that more number of flocks would get affected during the spring season. As per Juergen Richt, one of the distinguished professors and directors of K-State’s Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), 7 Mn birds and 20 states are already affected by H5N1 avian flu since the year 2022. He has also affirmed that the existing virus has different genes as compared to avian flu strain detected in the year 2015, which had cost the US close to US$ 4 Bn. 50 Mn turkeys and chicken all across the US had succumbed to avian flu back then.

In a nutshell, “Prevention is better than Cure” is the dictum followed right now.

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