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Low pathogenic avian influenza reported in the USA

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) issued an alert that low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in Monterey County, California.

25 April 2019, at 4:49p.m.

The OIE has reported that H5 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in a commercial duck breeder flock. Sequencing showed that the virus was derived from wild North American birds.

The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are conducting a comprehensive epidemiological investigation and have implemented enhanced surveillance and testing related to this finding. Two additional commercial poultry premises associated with the initial premises have been quarantined and sampled for avian influenza virus. Results are pending, said the report.