USDA Detects H5 Avian Influenza in Wild Duck

USDA announced that they detected an H5N2 avian influenza virus in a wild mallard duck in Montana (link to announcement below).  This is the same type of influenza that caused most of the outbreaks 2 years ago.  The current detection came from a wild duck that was submitted for testing by a hunter.

There have not been any detections in domestic poultry at this time.

If you have contacts with poultry producers, it would be good to alert them to be diligent with biosecurity at this time.  USDA has good web sites with biosecurity information for poultry producers:

www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/defendtheflock  — aimed at commercial growers of all sizes

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity — aimed more at backyard producers

Hopefully, we can avoid a repeat of two years ago!

Ron Kean

UW-Extension Poultry Specialist

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