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A wild duck caught by a hunter in Colleton County is the first wild bird since 2016 to be infected in the United States with highly pathogenic bird flu, or HPAI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Friday. H5-like bird disease was found in an American wige and was tested by the Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center in Columbia. and the diagnosis was confirmed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. PREVIOUS: Experts warn SC chicken owners to step up biosecurity. This type of HPAI virus is considered low risk to humans, but can be a danger to the poultry industry, which is an important part of South Carolina’s agricultural economy. “We are calling on anyone involved in the production of birds or eggs, from large farms to backyard herds, to review their biosecurity practices to ensure the health of their birds,” said state veterinarian Michael. J. Neault, who runs Clemson Livestock Poultry Health, which includes the Veterinary Diagnostic Center. “So far we have no indication that the IAPA has gone from wild migratory birds to poultry and we would very much like it to continue like this,” Neault said. The USDA has alerted the World Animal Health Organization, known as the OIE, to the discovery, as required by international trade protocols. So far in 2022, Europe has remained busy with H5 cases of its own, reporting to the OIE on infections spread across the continent, from Portugal to Bulgaria. In December, Canada reported two separate cases in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Julie Helm, a veterinarian and poultry specialist at Clemson Livestock Poultry Health, advises South Carolina residents to protect their small flocks of poultry with two simple statements: “Keep it away and keep it away.” NET. ” Keep it away: Keep poultry and your pets away from wild ducks and geese and their surroundings: ponds, lakes, and swamps. Be careful not to track the wild waterfowl virus in your flock if you are hunting or hiking in the wild waterfowl environment. Buy new birds from a reputable source. Keep new birds or show birds that return separated from your flocks for 30 days. Keep pests (rodents, raccoons, sea urchins, rabbits) out of bird pens. Keep visitors out of your bird areas; What can they wear on their feet, clothes or vehicles? Keep it CLEAN: Clean cages and crackers. First clean any equipment before it enters your property. Wear shoes and farm clothes designed to take care of your birds. Wash your hands before and after working with your birds. Change the food and water of the birds daily. Wash your vehicles and trailers after visiting other poultry facilities and before returning home – go through a car wash. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk of HPAI H5 infections to the public to be low. No human infections with Eurasian H5 virus have occurred in the United States. However, the USDA’s Veterinary and Wildlife Services advises hunters and others to take precautions to protect themselves and the domestic birds they may encounter from the virus: do not pick or handle wild birds that are obviously sick or dead. Dress your game birds in the field whenever possible. If you have to dress the birds at home, clean them in an area where poultry and pet birds do not have access. Keep a pair of shoes aside to wear only in the cleaning area of ​​the game. If this is not possible, wear rubber shoes and clean / disinfect your shoes before entering or leaving the area. Do not eat, drink or smoke while cleaning the game. Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning game or bird feeders. Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling game or cleaning bird feeders. If there is no soap and water, use alcohol wipes. Use dedicated tools to clean up the game, whether on the field or at home. Do not use these tools around poultry or pets. Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap and water and then disinfect them. Avoid cross-contamination. Keep raw game in a separate container, away from cooked or ready-to-eat food. Cook game meat well; poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill disease organisms and parasites. Double bag the bridesmaids and feathers. Tie the inner bag; Be sure to remove the rubber gloves and leave them in the outer bag before closing. Place the bag in a trash can that is not accessible to poultry and pets. This bin must also be secure to prevent access by children, pets or other animals.

A wild duck caught by a hunter in Colleton County is the first wild bird since 2016 to be infected in the United States with highly pathogenic bird flu, or HPAI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Friday.

Officials said in a statement that the type of disease in the Eurasian bird H5 was found in an American wige and was tested by the Center for Veterinary Diagnosis at Clemson University in Columbia. and the diagnosis was confirmed by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

PREVIOUS: Experts warn SC chicken owners to step up biosecurity

This type of HPAI virus is considered low risk to humans, but can be a danger to the poultry industry, which is an important part of South Carolina’s agricultural economy.

“We ask that anyone involved in the production of poultry or eggs, from large farms to backyard herds, review their biosecurity practices to ensure the health of their birds,” the veterinarian said. Michael J. Neault, who runs Clemson Livestock. Poultry Health, which includes the Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

“So far we have no indication that the HPAI has gone from wild migratory birds to poultry and we would very much like it to continue like this,” Neault said.

The USDA has alerted the World Animal Health Organization, known as the OIE, to the discovery as required by international trade protocols.

Until 2022, Europe has remained busy with its own H5 cases, reporting to the OIE on infections spread across the continent, from Portugal to Bulgaria. In December, Canada reported two separate cases in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Julie Helm, a veterinarian and poultry specialist at Clemson Livestock Poultry Health, advises South Carolina residents to protect small flocks of poultry with two simple statements: “Keep it AWAY and Keep it NET.”

Keep it away: Keep poultry and your pets away from wild ducks and geese and their surroundings: ponds, lakes and swamps. Be careful not to track the wild waterfowl virus in your flock if you are hunting or hiking in the wild waterfowl environment. Buy new birds from a reputable source. Keep new birds or show birds that return separated from your flocks for 30 days. Keep pests (rodents, raccoons, sea urchins, rabbits) out of bird pens. Keep visitors out of your bird areas; what can they wear on their feet, clothes or vehicles?

Keep it NET: Clean cages and chicken coops. First clean any equipment before it enters your property. Wear shoes and farm clothes designed to take care of your birds. Wash your hands before and after working with your birds. Change the food and water of the birds daily. Wash your vehicles and trailers after visiting other poultry facilities and before returning home – Go for a car wash.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk of H5 HPAI infections to the public to be low. No human infections with Eurasian H5 virus have occurred in the United States.

However, the USDA Veterinary and Wildlife Services recommends that hunters and others take precautions to protect themselves and any birds that may be exposed to the virus:

  • Do not pick or handle wild birds that are obviously sick or found dead.
  • Dress your game birds in the field whenever possible. If you have to dress the birds at home, clean them in an area where poultry and pet birds do not have access.
  • Keep a pair of shoes aside to wear only in the cleaning area of ​​the game. If this is not possible, wear rubber shoes and clean / disinfect your shoes before entering or leaving the area.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while cleaning the game.
  • Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning game or bird feeders.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling game or cleaning bird feeders. If there is no soap and water, use alcohol wipes.
  • Use dedicated tools to clean up the game, whether on the field or at home. Do not use these tools around poultry or pets.
  • Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap and water and then disinfect them.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Keep raw game in a separate container, away from cooked or ready-to-eat food.
  • Cook game meat well; poultry should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill disease organisms and parasites.
  • Double bag the bridesmaids and feathers. Tie the inner bag; be sure to take off your rubber gloves and leave them in the outer bag before closing.

Place the bag in a trash can that is not accessible to poultry and pets. This bin must also be secure to prevent access by children, pets or other animals.

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