First case of bird flu in Nebraska since 2015 discovered in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) – On Monday, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), better known as bird flu, discovered in the state since 2015.
The H5N1 virus was found in a wild goose near Holmes Lake, confirmed by a joint effort by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture with the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the Health Inspection Service USDA Animal and Plant. The risk of transmission of avian influenza to humans is low and there are currently no confirmed human cases of HPAI in the United States.
The announcement of the confirmed case of the virus comes after avian flu was discovered in a backyard flock in Pottawattamie County last Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Agriculture assured that there was no public health present. The discovery in Pottawattamie County prompted a response from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and caused the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha to close its aviary to the public.
While HPAI wild birds, it is often fatal to domestic poultry, such as pet birds and backyard chicken and turkey flocks.
“While Nebraska has not seen HPAI in a backyard or commercial poultry operation in the state this year, the discovery of this single goose adds Nebraska to a long list of states with cases. confirmed HPAI,” State Veterinarian Dr. Roger Dudley said in an NDA press release.
“Infected wild birds can transmit the disease to new areas as they migrate, so we encourage backyard poultry and commercial poultry flocks to continue to remain vigilant, practice good biosecurity and report birds immediately. sick or dying.”
The NDA has many suggestions for practicing good biosecurity, such as preventing contact between domestic and wild birds, not allowing sharing of equipment between other poultry owners, and disinfecting/changing clothing and tools. .
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