Confirmed Case of Asian Bird Flu in Arkansas

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Parson's Wife, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    My sister called just a few minutes ago. There is a case of confirmed Asian Bird Flu in their area...they (she) is now under a 10 mile quarenteen.
    *** That is Northwest Arkansas***
    She is very concerned. She has already been informed by the state dept. of health to contact them for testing of her flock.
    She is rather in a panic.
    Fellow Arkansans....please take notice.
  2. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Only a matter of time before it travels all the way over here in Maine- or even Alaska and Canada. Hope they come up with a vaccine or something! Thank you for posting this information, I appreciate it!!!
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I know they instituted a quarantine and were testing flocks because of the Tyson birds that had antibodies to a low pathogen version of avian flu show up in routine screenings recently. Do you know if this might be related to that or if it's a separate situation? Unfortunately, I don't know what region of the state the Tyson quarantines are in.
  4. sueg6255

    sueg6255 Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    LaGrange County
    I had bought eggs from someone in that area. They did not hatch. She was to send me replacements but she refunded because of the quarentine.
  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I bet your glad they didn't hatch! We may have to stop swapping birds.
    Once upon a time, many many years ago, cattle were being exposed to disease and they had no idea how it was being passed (1940's and 50's). Yet when farmers stopped allowing other farmers into their barns, or wearing clean cover alls with boot covers, the spread of disease became controlable.
    Now when you see a artificial breeders (and most vets), he dips his boots in a disinfectant, slips boot covers on, disinfects when he leaves after tossing those boot covers in your trash can.
    Never put a bovine in with others until you quarenteen, even a bull if you use live boys.
    I learned my lesson back years ago when I tossed a new canary in with my breeding stock, it had tracheal mites! What a disaster that could have been. Each canary(20 of them) recieved Ivomectin (equaling 1/2 drop [​IMG] ) and amoxycillin (1 drop) 4 times a day. Yes FOUR times a day. UGH. I did not loose any canaries, but decided that I had had enough of that business.

    Lets see if we at BYC can keep this Avian Flu down to a minimum following basic guidelines. Have a good day.
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Yikes! That's a little too close for comfort.
  7. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2008
  8. broadwing

    broadwing Chirping

    Oct 3, 2007
    Just an FYI: just because you hear "bird flu," it does not mean that it's the Asian strain. The strain of bird flu that has been causing all the mass culls in Asia is *NOT* the same strain reported in the link regarding the AR birds. There are many different strains of avian influenza, most of which have a very-low to nonexistent risk of human infection.

    The strain to be worried about, that has the highest risk of jumping the species barrier from birds to humans, is H5N1, which has not been found in the US to date.

    In addition to chickens, I also care for raptors, and I would know from our state fish and wildlife office if we had to start worrying about H5N1 in the US.

    Not to say that it isn't sad that people's chooks are at risk for this disease, but given the choice between a strain that only my chickens can get, and one that can get me...chickens are replaceable.
  9. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Quote:Thank you VERY much for your comments, I certainly needed clarifying on this subject, and I'm sure that I am not the only one that cringed at this article. Thankyou again.

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