Highly pathogenic avian influenza is continuing a destructive path across the United States, with the virus confirmed at poultry producers in half a dozen states in just the last few days.
HPAI was detected Friday among backyard producers in Colorado, North Dakota and Oregon, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. HPAI was confirmed on Thursday at a commercial turkey facility with 25,200 birds in York, Pa., alongside outbreaks among other large turkey facilities in Utah and Wisconsin, APHIS said.
As of Monday, the agency’s tally for the year came to 490 confirmed HPAI cases among 490 commercial and backyard flocks in 40 states, affecting 46.86 million birds.
The resurgence of the virus prompted Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday to declare a disaster for a second time this year. The executive order came in the wake of the virus striking a facility with 1.1 million birds in Weld County last month.
The executive order gives state agencies another six months to use what is left of $1 million set aside in April to address the outbreaks.
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