AI Situation Update 1/16/16

State of Indiana Response to Avian Flu in Dubois County
1/16/16
 
New information is in bold italics
 
DEVELOPING SITUATION
 
Confirmed cases of Avian Bird Flu have been found in Dubois County. State, local and federal agencies are working together on containment and depopulation operations.
 
An estimated 60,000 birds have been euthanized on the premise that tested positive for H7N8. Additional cases of the H7 strain have been preliminarily confirmed on nine other premises in Dubois County. Depopulation and containment operations are being coordinated for the additional premises. The control area is primarily in Dubois County, and has expanded to include parts of Crawford, Daviess, Martin and Orange counties.
 
 
STATE RESPONSE
 
A Unified Incident Command Post (UCP) has been established in Jasper, Indiana. The post is staffed by a state Incident Management Team, along with federal and local partners.
 
State Agencies supporting activities in the UCP: The State Board of Animal Health, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Correction, Indiana State Police and mental health services teams from the Family and Social Services Administration.
 
Other organizations supporting activities in the UCP: United States Department of Agriculture, Indiana University, Dubois County Emergency Management Agency and Dubois County Health Department.

 
State Emergency Operations Center: Under the leadership of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), the Indiana Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated at Level III and will remain activated 24 hours a day to monitor conditions and provide resource support to local county emergency agencies.
 
State Agencies supporting activities in the EOC: State Board of Animal Health, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Indiana Department of Correction.
 
 
FEDERAL RESPONSE
 
The United States Department of Agriculture has 11 representatives in Dubois County assisting with state and local efforts.  A National Incident Management Team will be arriving in Indiana this weekend to help coordinate efforts.
 
 
PUBLIC ADVISORIES
 
Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat. Officials are not aware of any public health significance with this virus. Human infection from an H7 virus is uncommon, but can cause some conjunctivitis and/or upper respiratory tract symptoms. Human health agencies will be monitoring workers and others in contact with birds to monitor for illness.

Backyard poultry owners are encouraged to be aware of the signs of avian influenza and report illness and/or death to the USDA Healthy Birds Hotline:  866-536-7593. Callers will be routed to a state or federal veterinarian in Indiana for a case assessment. Dead birds should be double-bagged and refrigerated for possible testing.
 
Signs include:  sudden death without clinical signs; lack of energy or appetite; decreased egg production; soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; swelling or purple discoloration of head, eyelids, comb, hocks; nasal discharge; coughing; sneezing; lack of coordination; and diarrhea. A great resource for backyard bird health information is online at:  http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov/.
 
Situation updates and status reports about ongoing avian influenza activities, along with critical disease-related information, will be posted online at:  www.in.gov/boah/2390.htm. Users may subscribe to email updates on a link at that page.