Massachusetts officials issue order in response to bird flu cases found in state – Fall River Reporter
Massachusetts officials issued an order in response to the discovery of bird flu in the state.
The Massachusetts Animal Health Director has ordered the cancellation or postponement of all contests, shows, shows, exchanges or other in-person events encouraging the gathering or mixing of domestic fowl or poultry in Massachusetts until further notice. order.
The notice does not prohibit the movement of domestic poultry to slaughter lines, including licensed facilities for the sale of live birds in markets.
The order is being issued in response to the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (“HPAI”) in domestic birds in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The order includes non-wild chickens, roosters, capons, hens, turkeys, pigeons, guinea fowl, ducks and geese.
HPAI is a highly contagious disease that affects both domestic and wild birds. This disease is fatal to many species of domestic birds, and the spread of HPAI in domestic flocks can lead to interstate and international trade restrictions.
Bird flu, also known as “avian flu”, is a common flu strain that can be spread from birds to humans through saliva, nasal secretions and feces. Waterfowl, including shorebirds and waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks like mallards, are most likely to carry the virus.
Although bird flu is not common in humans, it is highly contagious in birds.
On March 1, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa confirmed the presence of HPAI in Massachusetts in a wild bird. Since then, HPAI has been detected in several Commonwealth counties in 13 other wild birds and one domestic flock.
Consolidating domestic poultry or poultry from different premises to a central location increases the risk of disease spread.
Animal health officials in all six New England states are recommending that all contests, shows, shows, swaps or other in-person events encouraging the gathering or mixing of domestic poultry be postponed until at least July 1, 2022.