The Avian influenza summer break is not only over, it has been smashed. In the past 30 days, the virus has spread to 106 commercial flocks in 23 states. And California is the latest to report outbreaks —in two broiler operations in Stanislaus County and an egg-laying business in Sonoma

Continue Reading The avian flu virus is rapidly spreading through commercial flocks in the U.S.

Avian flu has burned through 60 million domestic birds in at least 47 states, egg prices have hit the stratosphere, and more troubling, the virus is mutating to infect mammals including three Montana grizzly bears.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has responded to these dark events by

Continue Reading APHIS is preparing Environmental Impact Statement on worsening avian flu outbreaks

 USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend animal disease traceability regulations and require electronic identification for the interstate movement of certain cattle and bison.

The change will permit official USDA tags as those that are both visually and electronically readable.

APHIS is also proposing to

Continue Reading APHIS welcomes comments on the new animal disease traceability scheme

The United States is now all but certain to beat its 2015 record of losing 50 million birds to highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks. That became apparent during just two days late this month when seven states reported new bird flu outbreaks, raising the tally to 47.7 million birds that

Continue Reading Poultry losses for the year from bird flu near record; the threat to humans isn’t zero

Commercial poultry flocks in the United States have mostly escaped highly pathogenic avian influenza during the past month.

And a world snapshot for the period from May 19 through June 8 by the World Animal Health Information System of the World Organisation for Animal Health also shows Commercial poultry flocks

Continue Reading Bird flu eases in commercial poultry, but APHIS fears it could return in fall

Forty million birds have died from avian flu since February. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the detection of bird flu in 372 commercial and backyard flocks in 36 states.

But the end might be in sight.

In 2015, the last case of highly pathogenic avian influenza

Continue Reading After 40 million dead birds, hot weather may be killing off the bird flu virus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday that its avocado inspection program in Michoacan, Mexico, has restarted and avocado exports to the United States have resumed following a threat against one of the U.S. inspector.

“The safety of USDA employees simply doing their
Continue Reading U.S. again allows import of Mexican avocados following threat against U.S. inspector