Avian Influenza Confirmed in Two U.S. Commercial Turkey Flocks

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has reappeared in United States commercial poultry flocks this season, impacting two turkey farms in South Dakota and Utah. The virus, which is fatal to commercial poultry, was identified in a flock of 47,300 turkeys in Jerauld County, South Dakota, and at a farm with 141,800 birds in Sanpete County, Utah, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The outbreaks are the first reported among commercial flocks in the US since the disease affected two turkey farms in the Dakotas in April, but experts say that more cases are highly likely due to the start of migration season for wild birds. Past avian influenza outbreaks have cost the US government over one billion dollars and have resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of birds.