April 09, 2015

MDA releases poultry quarantine in Jasper and Moniteau Counties

Test results show no further spread of avian influenza.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that, after extensive surveillance & testing, quarantine zones affecting the movement of poultry & poultry products within 6.2 miles (10 km.) of the facilities in Moniteau and Jasper Counties have been released.

One month ago, the Missouri Department of Agriculture confirmed that turkeys at grower facilities in Jasper and Moniteau Counties, had been infected with H5N2 avian influenza. Since then, MDA successfully implemented a coordinated response with the USDA, state health officials and industry partners to contain and eliminate the disease. The affected facilities were immediately quarantined and the remaining turkeys in the involved flocks were depopulated.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, need to continue practicing good biosecurity, preventing contact between their birds and wild birds, and reporting sick birds or unusual bird deaths to your veterinarian and the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health division at (573) 751-3377. Additional information about avian influenza can be found on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s web site.