Q&A: Details about what’s subsequent in bird influenza response efforts

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 414,000 turkeys and chickens have been killed, some by a routine deliberate a “last resort” of euthanasia, during 10 southwest Indiana farms influenced by a bird influenza outbreak. Testing and monitoring will continue for weeks to establish if a conflict of a H7N8 viral aria is contained. That aria is opposite from one that led to a deaths of some-more than 48 million birds final summer.

Here are some questions and answers about what happened and what’s subsequent in a response to a conflict in Dubois County, Indiana’s tip turkey-producing county about 70 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky:

WHEN WERE THE LAST BIRD FLU CASES CONFIRMED?

Indiana’s final bird influenza cases were reliable Jan. 16. Animal health officials announced a prior day that a form of a viral aria that was causing putrescent birds to die had been found during a turkey plantation in Dubois County. The subsequent day, officials pronounced a pathogen had been rescued during 9 other turkey farms. Eight of those farms had a form of a viral aria that usually done a birds sick; contrast continues on a pathogen found during a ninth farm.

HOW MANY BIRDS WERE EUTHANIZED?

Crews on Wednesday finished euthanizing some-more than 258,000 turkeys during a 10 influenced farms and some-more than 156,000 egg-laying chickens during one of those 10 farms. Those chickens did not have a virus, though officials pronounced they were during high risk of infection due to their tighten vicinity to a stable with putrescent turkeys.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BIRDS AFTER THEY WERE EUTHANIZED:

All of a birds’ carcasses sojourn in a barns where they were killed and are undergoing a form of composting in that they are placed in piles with organic element and exhilarated so a stays will decompose. That routine destroys a virus. Experts in a monthlong composting routine are now supervising those efforts.

WHAT ELSE IS BEING DONE TO ENSURE THE VIRUS DOESN’T SPREAD?

Testing and notice of blurb ornithology farms is ongoing in a 12.4-mile radius around a initial turkey plantation where a pathogen was detected. That radius extends over Dubois County into 4 adjacent counties. As of Friday, 124 blurb ornithology farms within that response area had been tested during slightest once and no viral cases had been found. Each will shortly bear a second turn of testing.

IS TESTING BEING DONE ON BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCKS?

Officials are going doorway to doorway within a 6.2-mile control section around a initial turkey plantation where a pathogen was found to ask residents if they have backyard ornithology flocks. Ninety-six such flocks have been found. Seventy-six of them have been tested so far, with no pathogen found. Testing is stability on a other flocks. All 96 flocks will be tested any 7 days until any passes 3 times.

HOW WERE THE BIRDS IN THE OUTBREAK EUTHANIZED?

Some of a turkeys were suffocated by being lonesome in a glass froth or by CO dioxide that was pumped into their barns, and some were killed manually. All 156,000 chickens were suffocated by switching off barns’ movement systems and branch adult a feverishness inside. Some turkeys also died after their barns’ movement systems were incited off and a feverishness was increasing inside.

WHICH AGENCY AUTHORIZED TURNING OFF THOSE VENTILATION SYSTEMS?

Animal rights activists have decried as vicious a euthanization routine of branch off ornithology barns’ movement systems and lifting a feverishness inside to stifle birds. Indiana’s state veterinarian, Dr. Bret Marsh, pronounced a U.S. Department of Agriculture certified a evident closure of movement systems during all 10 influenced turkey farms.

WHY WAS THAT EUTHANISIA METHOD ALLOWED?

Article source: http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-01-23/q-a-details-about-whats-next-in-bird-flu-response-efforts

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