First US avian influenza case confirmed since 2016 in Coulton County

Coleton County, South Carolina (WCBD) – The first case of bird flu detected in the United States since 2016 has been confirmed in a wild duck harvested by a hunter in Coleton County.

Officials at the Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center first tested the bird, “and the diagnosis was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).”

The virus is considered low risk to people, but it could pose a serious threat to the poultry industry in South Carolina.

According to Julie Helm, veterinarian and poultry specialist at Clemson Livestock Poultry Health, there are two best practices for protecting poultry flocks:

keep it away: Keep your poultry and pets away from wild ducks and geese and their environment – ponds, lakes and swampy areas. Be careful not to trace the wild waterfowl virus back into your flock if you are hunting or hiking in a wild waterfowl environment. Buy new birds from a reputable source. Keep new birds or returning birds separated from your home flocks for 30 days. Keep pests (rodents, raccoons, opossums, rabbits) away from birdhouses. keep visitors away from your birding areas; What would they carry on their feet, clothes, or vehicles?

Keep it clean: Cleaning cages and cages. Clean any equipment first before you reach your property. Wear farm clothing and shoes designed to care for birds. Wash your hands before and after handling birds. Change the bird’s food and water daily. Wash your vehicles and trailers after visiting other poultry facilities and before going home – do a car wash.”

The USDA Veterinary and Wildlife Services has provided the following advice:

  • Do not harvest or handle wild birds that are clearly sick or found dead.
  • Dress up your game birds in the field whenever possible. If you must groom birds in the home, clean them in an area where pets and poultry cannot reach.
  • Keep a separate pair of shoes to wear in the game clean-up area only. If this is not possible, wear rubber boots and clean/sanitize your shoes before entering or exiting the area.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke during the cleaning game.
  • Always wear rubber gloves while cleaning game or cleaning bird feeders.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling game or cleaning bird feeders. If soapy water is not available, use alcohol-based wipes.
  • Use tools designated to clean up your game, both in the field and at home. Do not use these tools around pet poultry or birds.
  • Wash all tools and work surfaces with soap and water, then sanitize them.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Keep uncooked toy in a separate container, away from cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
  • cook bushmeat well; Poultry’s indoor temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill pathogens and parasites.
  • Double bag of offal and feathers. tie the inner bag; Be sure to take off the rubber gloves and leave them in the outer bag before closing them.
  • Put the bag in a trash that domestic and pet birds cannot reach. This litter can also be safe against the reach of children, pets, or other animals.

Editor’s note: This story is falling apart and will be updated.

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