Avian Influenza

Previous Updates

  • Final test results on the Jackson County guinea fowl samples are in. They tested positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza (LPAI). The premises of origin for the guinea fowl, also located in Jackson County, is under quarantine and continued surveillance. The guinea fowl have been depopulated.
  • Testing continues on samples from the other two north Alabama premises. Out of an abundance of caution, the company depopulated the entire flock at the commercial breeder operation in Lauderdale County. The birds were properly buried on the farm. The depopulation was not required but a decision made by the poultry company. The entire backyard flock in Madison County was also depopulated at the owner's request. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, both cases are considered presumptive low pathogenic (LPAI) avian influenza because neither flock showed signs of illness.
  • USDA and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture confirmed a second case of highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The flock is within 2 miles of the first Tennessee case. This second HPAI case in Tennessee does not extend the control zone in Alabama.
  • This H7N9 strain is of North American wild bird lineage and is the same strain of avian influenza that was previously confirmed in Tennessee. It is not the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia.
  • All poultry exhibitions and assembling of poultry to be sold in the state of Alabama are now prohibited by order of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries March 15, 2017. The ban is in effect until this order is lifted, according to John McMillan, ADAI Commissioner. (Order also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.)
  • The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries issued a stop movement order March 14, 2017, for certain poultry in the state because of three ongoing investigations of avian influenza in north Alabama.
    • One flock at a commercial breeder operation in Lauderdale County was found to be suspect for avian influenza. No significant mortality in the flock was reported.
    • A backyard flock in Madison County was also found to be suspect. Samples from both premises have been sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, and are being tested to determine presence of the virus.
    • A third investigation began following routine surveillance as part of Alabama's Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. On March 12, USDA poultry technicians collected samples at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro in Jackson County. Samples collected were suspect. Those samples are on the way to the USDA lab in Iowa.
    • Stopping the movement of poultry to poultry shows, swap meets, flea markets and poultry auctions is a crucial step in protecting the state's commercial, backyard and show poultry.
  • A second Tennessee chicken breeding operation has tested positive for low pathogen avian influenza. The Giles County farm is operated by a different company from the one associated with the recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Lincoln County, Tenn. State and federal officials have established a 6.2-mile radius control around the site of the second infected flock.
  • Avian influenza has been confirmed in a Lincoln County, Tenn., breeder flock.
  • State and federal officials have established a 6.2-mile radius control around the site of the infected flock. Because the Tennessee farm is near the Alabama border, portions of Alabama are in the control zone.
  • Testing is required at least weekly in the infected and buffer zones of all poultry premises. All samples will be collected by trained state personnel and tested in one of the state diagnostic labs.
  • All flocks that test positive must have flock plans and compliance agreements to cover procedures necessary to develop response and emergency plans.
  • Quarantine regulations will restrict movement of all poultry and equipment especially in and from the infected zone.
  • Consumers can be confident in the safety of poultry products. Affected birds do not enter the food chain.

Return to main page