Officials have quarantined the premises as part of the predetermined response by state and federal animal health protocols and depopulation of the flock has begun.
Additionally, “federal and state partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in the nearby area,” according to APHIS. “The rapid testing and response in this incident is the result of months of planning with local, state, federal and industry partners to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination.”
On the heels of the 2015 outbreak, APHIS published the “HPAI Fall Preparedness and Response Plan” this past September and the USDA has been stockpiling AI vaccinations for several months.
“The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations,” the APHIS statement said.