The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries issued a stop movement order 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 found to be suspect as well. 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. USDA poultry technicians collected samples at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro in Jackson County on March 12. 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.
Poultry is a $15.1 billion industry in the state, and more than 86,000 people have jobs associated with poultry production and processing. This disease poses a very serious threat to one of Alabama’s largest economic engines.