The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has been notified by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory that poultry from a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County has tested positive for the avian flu.
The BOAH says the avian flu does not pose a food safety risk. The CDC has said the risk of transmission to humans is very low.
Our media partner NewsNow Dubois County reports the farm is owned by Steve Kalb and his father. Kalb confirmed the infection. He and his father Dan raise the turkeys for Farbest Foods of Huntingburg. Farbest owns the birds. The first case was confirmed in June.
Kalb tells NewsNow Dubois County the state board of health and the U. S. Department of Agriculture have taken over the farm’s operation. Plans are to euthanize the estimated 60,000 turkeys as a precaution even though the USDA says Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk and the poultry and eggs are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of illness to humans to be very low.
Kalb says the affected area of his farm “has been quarantined and none of the birds will be processed for human consumption.”
Kalb says he is doing everything he can to make sure the virus does not spread beyond the borders of his farm which is just north and west of Dubois.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence released a statement saying:
“Indiana is one of the largest poultry states in America, and I have directed all relevant agencies to bring the full resources of the state of Indiana to bear on containing and resolving the issue as quickly as possible. Multiple state agencies have been heavily focused for nearly a year on the necessary steps in this type of event, including the State Board of Animal Health, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana State Poultry Association, and several private sector partners. Hoosiers can be assured that we are taking all precautions to contain the situation and minimize the effects to Indiana’s robust poultry industry.”
Farbest has released a statement on the event. Click here to see it.
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