Fujian H5N2 In Dead Kansas Canada Goose

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

April 6, 2015

Wild bird populations in Kansas appear to be unaffected by an outbreak of avian influenza, although one wild goose suspected of having the disease has been tested for it, the state’s wildlife disease official said Wednesday.

Those test results from a goose found in Lyon County along the Cottonwood River are not expected for a couple of days, said Shane Hesting, wildlife disease coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The above comments describe the Lyon County (see H5N2 map) Canada goose that was H5N2 confirmed on March 27, 2015. Like the Canada goose in Laramie County, Wyoming, detection required a dead or dying bird. Similarly, additional March 27 confirmations identified H5N2 in dead or dying falcons fed wild birds from Flathead County, Montana or Jefferson County, Missouri, although the Montana H5N2 was said to be from a bird hunter killed in December, 2014.

Thus, all four examples involve H5N2 confirmations outside of the Pacific Flyway and highlight detection failures in December, or Central/Mississippi Flyway cases that were not predicted by the geographically limited enhanced surveillance, which confirmed H5 in 49 wild birds during hunting season in the Pacific Flyway.

These 49 confirmations were heavily dependent on hunter killed birds and positives abruptly stopped when the winter hunting season ended.

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