Poultry from Iowa spark avian flu worries in Arizona

Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Paul Martin

Robert Roos
CIDRAP News
Jun 12, 2015

Authorities in Arizona have quarantined four properties in the state because the sites imported poultry and eggs from an Iowa facility where birds fell ill with avian influenza shortly after the products were shipped, the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) announced yesterday.

“Thirteen quail and chickens and about 40 quail and partridge eggs were imported from a facility in Iowa,” the ADA said in a press release. “A short time after the birds and eggs were shipped to Arizona, birds at the facility became sick and initial test results for those birds came back positive for H5 Avian Influenza.”

The four properties that received the products are in Pinal, Mohave, Santa Cruz, and Yavapai counties, the ADA said. Birds at the sites will be tested, but it could take up to 6 days to get the results.

In the release, State Veterinarian Perry Durham, DVM, urged the public not to order birds or eggs from states where avian flu is circulating. “These birds and eggs came from a state where Avian Influenza is rampant, responsible for the loss of millions of turkeys and hens,” he said.

The statement included a list of the 21 states, mostly in the Midwest, where avian flu (H5N2 or H5N8) has been detected in recent months.

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