HPAI identified in third Allen County, Indiana flock


HPAI identified in third Allen County, Indiana flock

A third flock in northeast Indiana has tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza.  It is considered a presumptive-positive case while samples are verified at the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory.  The flock, located in Allen County, has fewer than 50 total chickens and ducks.  A 6.2-mile surveillance zone will be established around the flock.  The flock will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the virus. Testing of nearby flocks is underway to verify the virus has not spread in the area. 

All but one of the quarantines on the first nine commercial farms in Indiana have been lifted. (The last one is expected to be lifted in the next few days.) All nine of those flocks have completed the required virus elimination activities and observed a fallow period. The farms are being cleared to restock at the owner’s discretion once BOAH receives negative laboratory results for environmental testing.  A tenth farm was identified this week, so work is still pending. 

The two non‐poultry (backyard/hobby) flocks remain under quarantine until dates in September and October, after following a 150‐day fallow period.  

Indiana is a leading producer of poultry, eggs and poultry products. Nationally, Indiana ranks number 1 in ducks, second in layer chickens and table eggs, and third in turkeys.