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P.O. Box 9
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
717-582-8119
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81 Walnut Bottom Road
P.O. Box 705
Shippensburg, PA 17257
717-477-0905
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P.O. Box 202086
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2086
717-783-1593
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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
In March 2017, The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year. As a result, the PA Department of Agriculture is urging the Commonwealth’s poultry producers and backyard poultry enthusiasts to take important safety measures.
  
Since 2015, the state agriculture department has spent considerable time preparing and practicing its high-path avian influenza (HPAI) response plan, working with counterparts at the state and local levels, as well as industry partners.
  
The department also issued two interstate quarantine orders which remain in effect. The first requires poultry moving to live bird markets and eggs destined for a commercial breaking operation, from states with infected HPAI flocks, to meet 72-hour testing, paperwork and reporting requirements that certify the shipment tested negative for avian influenza.
  
The second order requires that all vehicles, conveyances, containers and materials that transport poultry and related products be completely cleaned and disinfected using commercial truck washing equipment or other equivalent cleaning and disinfecting equipment prior to entry onto a new premises or poultry operation. Additionally, written documentation of cleaning and disinfection must be maintained.
  
Given the deadly and potentially devastating nature of HPAI, experts stress that prevention and preparedness are essential because the virus spreads rapidly and flocks could be wiped out by the time the diagnosis is confirmed. Poultry owners who see signs of potential HPAI infection are urged to call the department’s Bureau of Animal Health at 717-772-2852.
  
For more information about HPAI, including biosecurity measures and premises registration, visit the department’s website at www.agriculture.pa.gov and refer to the “Avian Influenza” box on the right side of the homepage. 
   
   
To learn more about avian influenza, please review the following documents:

A Checklist for Producers - NEW
USDA: Avian Influenza Frequently Asked Questions
USDA: Avian Influenza Food Safety Q&A
USDA: Avian Influenza Protect Birds Q&A
USDA: Biosecurity Checklist
USDA: Biosecurity Fact Sheet
PennVet: Pennsylvania on Alert for Avian Influenza
USDA: Protect Your Bird from Avian Influenza
USDA: Avian Influenza Fact Sheet


Additional resource links with information about HPAI

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service:
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Biosecurity For Birds website
 - Avian Influenza Disease

Publications

Food and Agriculture Organization