APHIS Issues Epidemiology Report for Avian Influenza Affected Poultry in Indiana

March 4, 2016 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released a preliminary epidemiology report for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) cases confirmed in Indiana.

Animal health officials confirmed one case of HPAI H7N8 and eight cases of LPAI H7N8 in Indiana in January.  This was a short incident, where the cases were quickly reported and everyone responded rapidly - keeping the virus from spreading to additional flocks.

Following these avian influenza findings, APHIS joined forces with the Indiana Board of Animal Health and the poultry industry to complete a series of epidemiologic, geospatial, and laboratory-based investigations.  

In the report, APHIS outlines the findings of those investigations to date, which include:

Click here to view the full epidemiology report. 

The preliminary findings reinforce the need to remain vigilant in the upcoming months and to maintain good biosecurity practices.  Biosecurity is one of the most important steps any producer can take to protect the health of their birds.  Biosecurity information, training resources, and a producer self-assessment are all available through the APHIS website

APHIS will continue to provide updates to this report and investigate how the HPAI/LPAI virus was introduced and spread in Indiana.