May 29, 2015 -- As part of its ongoing response efforts to the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) disease outbreak, USDA is seeking the assistance of contractors in several areas. In order to be eligible to receive a federal award, contractors need to register with the System for Award Management website.
Areas where assistance is being sought include: landfills, carbon sources (compost, wood chips, etc.), transportation, heavy equipment, and environmental disposal/hazardous materials handling. USDA’s contracting office is seeking quotes from contractors in these areas through the request for quote process. Contractors may be contacted directly based on their type of business (NAICS code). Opportunities are also posted online at www.fbo.gov . Interested firms can search “agency” using “Animal Plant Health Inspection Service” to see a list of current opportunities.
Interested and eligible companies who are not yet registered with System for Award Management can complete the FREE registration process by following these steps:
USDA has existing contracts in place with many vendors, but is seeking additional support due to the size and scope of the HPAI disease response.
Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections to be low. No human cases of these HPAI H5 viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.
Avian influenza is a viral disease that can infect wild birds (such as ducks, gulls, and shorebirds) and domestic poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese). There is a flu for birds just as there is for people—and, as with people, some forms of the flu are worse than others. HPAI can spread fast and quickly kill chickens and turkeys. Wild birds, however, can carry HPAI viruses without appearing sick.
HPAI cases in wild birds, captive wild birds, backyard poultry or commercial poultry have been reported in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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