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Statement from State Veterinarian Doug Meckes
January 15, 2016

USDA announced today that highly pathogenic avian influenza was found in Southwestern Indiana. This is the first HPAI outbreak in the U.S. since June 2015. This is a different strain of avian influenza than we saw last year, but it’s just as worrisome. Indiana and federal officials hope to contain the outbreak to a single farm. We just lifted the ban on poultry shows and sales last week, and we will hold off on making a decision about reinstating the ban until we know whether or not this is an isolated incident.

In the meantime, we encourage poultry owners to limit out-of-state meetings and sales, maintain highest levels of biosecurity, and to keep a close eye on your birds. Contact your veterinarian if you see any of the signs of avian influenza among your birds. We will keep you informed as information comes through.

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N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-707-3250; FAX: 919-733-2277

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