H5N6 - Peregrine Falcon - Hong Kong (SAR-PRC) - 16/4/15 (OIE WAHIS Report)
“Information received on 16/04/2015 from Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer / Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong , Hong Kong (SAR - PRC); New Strain of Listed Disease: HPAI H5N6 detected in one Peregrin falcon (Falco peregrinus); Epidemiological Comment: “An intensive surveillance system is in place for all poultry farms, poultry markets, and pet bird shops in Hong Kong. The H5N6 infected wild bird was detected in our ongoing surveillance program on wild birds. No spread of disease was evident. The date of end of the outbreak is the same as the date the bird was found (10 April 2015).”
H5N2 - Turkeys and Backyard Poultry - Wisconsin - 16/4/15 (CIDRAP Article)
“…….The H5N2 avian influenza virus is continuing to hopscotch through the Upper Midwest, as shown today by a report of Wisconsin's second and third outbreaks, in turkeys and backyard poultry at widely separated sites…..Officials are investigating how the virus entered the flocks and may not have answers for some time," the statement said. Such answers have eluded investigators of all the H5N2 outbreaks so far. Officials say wild birds such as ducks can carry the virus and shed it in their feces without appearing sick, but scientists have not reported finding the virus in wild birds near any of the recent outbreak sites. The recent outbreaks have occurred in the Central and Mississippi flyways for migratory birds. H5N2 has surfaced in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Montana since early March, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin. Earlier in the winter it hit a few poultry flocks in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A few detections in wild birds have been reported as well."