Bird Flu Causes Poultry Export Freeze

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A highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza outbreak in the United States has caused the Guam Department of Agriculture to temporarily halt live poultry imports from Colorado eastward.

HPAI virus strains are extremely infectious, often fatal, and spread rapidly from flock-to-flock. In mid-January of this year, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the virus on the east coast, which has continued to migrate westward. Additionally, on February 24th, APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock in Michigan. As a result, DOAG will continue the temporary ban of live poultry only from all states east of Colorado until the virus subsides- however, boundaries of the ban may continue to alter in response to the spread of the virus.

There is no threat from poultry commodities such as meat and eggs, and at this time, the US CDC declared that the current HPAI detections do not pose an immediate human health concern.