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Maryland renews high path avian influenza emergency orders

Maryland avian influenzaThe Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent High Path Avian Influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks.

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These measures are in response to the continuing threat of an outbreak. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) detected the presence of the H5N2 strain of bird flu in a wild mallard duck in Montana.

There has been no detection of associated illness or mortality in domestic poultry, but this serves as a timely reminder of the continuing threat of HPAI in the United States.

The state’s quarantine orders require all hatching eggs and poultry entering the state to be tested within 21 days or come from certified clean sources. Poultry markets must maintain records of all birds sold or purchased.

Farms must have restricted access using a “Restricted Access” sign, gate or both.

Entry and exits to poultry growing areas must utilize footbaths, mats, boot washing stations, foot covers or footwear change to prevent movement of contaminants into or out of the area.

Feed must be covered and secured to prevent wild birds, rodents or other animals from accessing feed.

Poultry carcasses, used litter, or other disease containing organic materials must be covered and contained in a way to prevent animal access or movement of materials by wind.

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