Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching new efforts to help prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever in the U.S. Through an outreach and awareness campaign called “Protect Our Pigs,”

APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians, and pig owners with information and

Continue Reading APHIS turns attention to swine fever after months of battling avian flu

A Colorado  inmate who was working to combat avian flu in commercial poultry has himself  tested positive for the bird flu virus.  The man, who was under 40 years of age, was involved in the culling (depopulating) of  poultry with presumptive H5N1 bird flu when he tested positive for the
Continue Reading A recovery is reported in Colorado for nation’s first human illness from bird flu

Millions of birds in at least 17 states are being rapidly killed in a determined attempt to bring a dangerous strain of Avian flu under control. And Avian Influenza outbreaks in the United States during 2022 have already surpassed the minor detections experienced in 2016 and 2017.  

While it’s possible
Continue Reading U.S. outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza doubled during past month

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) claims to have the most robust avian influenza surveillance program in the world. The past 30 days have put that surveillance system to the test as highly pathogenic Avian Influenza has been found in scattered locations around the United States in backyard
Continue Reading APHIS ups its game of surveillance for bird flu; sporadic human infections possible

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hasn’t found any evidence that someone was deliberately trying to cause harm with unsolicited seed deliveries, according to an investigation report.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) evaluated thousands of reports of seed deliveries from all 50 states that began in July
Continue Reading USDA finds no evidence of intentional harm from seed deliveries

People across the world are continuing to receive unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to be coming mainly from China.

The United States, Canada, India, Israel, Poland, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and France are some of the countries affected.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Continue Reading Mystery mailings of seeds continue worldwide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a petition from a vaccine manufacturer that wants approval to produce foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine consisting of a modified non-infectious and non-transmissible strain of the virus on the U.S. mainland.

The petition
Continue Reading APHIS petition seeks approval for U.S. production of foot and mouth vaccine

Bovine Kobuvirus, a cattle virus first discovered in Japan in 2003, has arrived in the United States.

The arrival is reported in the medical journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases.” Bovine Kobuvirus or BKV is from the family of viruses that cause head colds and sinus infections in humans.

BKV looks to
Continue Reading New bovine virus associated with human head colds and sinus infections gets into USA