Avian Flu continues to attack turkey farms and backyard flocks

A file photo of Mike Pace a USU Extension agent in Box Elder County icing turkeys after processing.

TAYLORSVILLE – Avian flu is still working its way across the state with more cases in Cache Valley and more turkey farms in Sanpete County.

A file photo of turkey taken during a class demonstration.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) confirmed six more cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) on turkey farms in Sanpete County and one small backyard chicken flock in Cache County.

The Cache County chickens were not depopulated, but they were quarantined.  So far this season 16 turkey farms have been impacted by the disease this fall. All birds on the turkey farms have been depopulated or quarantined to prevent further spread of the disease.

The UDAF and USDA is still investigating the situations in these areas and will be closely monitoring efforts to contain the disease and prevent further spreading.

Bailee Woolstenhulme, public information officer for the UDAF, said the public should stay away from farms with known cases as well as any locations where officials are working to contain the disease to avoid coming in contact with HPAI.

As long as the Fall migration continues, we encourage all domestic bird owners, including people with backyard chickens, to keep up their biosecurity measures,” she said. “Biosecurity measures will not only help up your birds, it will help other bird owner’s flocks as well.”

UDAF is asking for the public’s help to prepare for a continued increase of HPAI cases.

Domestic flocks include all chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, gamebirds, etc. These should strengthen their biosecurity practices. If possible, birds should be kept locked inside enclosures to avoid contact with migratory birds. Flocks should not have shared water, feed, or grazing sources with wild bird habitats.

All poultry production operations from the small backyard to the large commercial producer should review their biosecurity activities to insure the health of their birds.

USDA has several different materials available that explain how to upgrade biosecurity measures including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available at: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/defend-the-flock-program/dtf-resources/dtf-resources.

Some indicators of HPAI in flocks are high death loss, nasal discharge, decreased appetite or water consumption, and lack of coordination in birds. If birds are experiencing any of these symptoms, it should be reported to the state veterinarian immediately at [email protected].

HPAI detections do not cause an immediate public health concern for people said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. Only one human case of the HPAI strain of HPAI has been detected in the United States.

For more information and guidance on how to protect animal and human health in Utah, visit https://ag.utah.gov/hpai/.

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  • skeetr October 20, 2022 at 9:02 am Reply

    oh no, thanksgiving dinner
    how will i celebrate the memory of the kind gesture of a soon to be destroyed society without a 24lb bird?

    • Disgusting Debacle October 20, 2022 at 9:25 am Reply

      Perhaps growing a pair and getting informed on reality and the issues/problems that are fostering societal collapse. That might be a good place to start as well as much more beneficial to prolong the freedoms and liberty that many have taken for granted for so long. Maybe you could actually help be a change for the betterment of our community rather than advocating for the destruction of our children through the normalization of queer education as you seem to enjoy doing. You asked.

      • ka October 20, 2022 at 11:56 am Reply

        No one is interested in your kids. Don’t flatter yourself.

        • Jim Jones October 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm Reply

          This is the Cache Valley, a lot of the local perverts are interested in his kids and probably none of them are gay. I understand his frustration though. It is just misguided.

      • skeetr October 21, 2022 at 9:10 am Reply

        oh ive got a pair, double-D. you’re the chicken little out of touch, stop watching Fox news, delete your Facebook, grow a brain again. its not too late. i am bettering the community by tirelessly combating bigots just like you. it brings me great pleasure.

        • Disgusting Debacle October 21, 2022 at 9:52 am Reply

          Here’s a surprise for you: I don’t watch Fox news, I don’t have a Facebook account; I don’t have any social media accounts for that matter. I actually read books, yes books, those rectangular objects which measure about six-12 inches in length, and are have papers inside of them full of words. I also read peer-reviewed journal articles. Imagine that?! I hope your back is still straight and pain free from carrying your DD load. Have a lovely day, skeetr.

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