Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bird Flu Outbreak

After this, you'll be asking what's for dinner?  In many cases on the table it's chicken but since Dec 19, 2014, a number mix of turkeys and chickens is at a staggering 46,239,793 affected birds of Avian influenza and tens of millions have been euthanized.  The H5N8 virus originated in Asia and spread rapidly along wild bird migratory pathways during 2014, including the Pacific flyway.  In the Pacific flyway where the first cases found in both Oregon and Washington the H5N8 virus has mixed with North American avian influenza viruses, creating new mixed-origin viruses.  Wild Bird Findings confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

While its most highly pathogenic strain (H5N1) had been spreading throughout Asia since 2003, avian influenza reached Europe in 2005, and the Middle East, as well as Africa, the following year.  On January 22, 2012, China reported its second human death due to bird flu in a month following other fatalities in Vietnam and Cambodia.

CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in U.S. birds and poultry to be low at this time because infections with avian influenza viruses are rare and – when they occur – these viruses have not spread easily to other people.  However, it’s possible that human infections with HPAI viruses associated with these outbreaks in birds may occur at some time.

The United States is facing a temporary disruption in the supply of eggs due to the Avian Flu, 25% of America's industrial egg product production offline.

USDA H5 HPAI Reports

 13 WHO TV

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