Last week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Avian Influenza is easily transferred through foot traffic and equipment movement. Are you using effective entry-way pathogen control?
Just as the first couple of Jenga blocks are easy to remove, it is easy to remove or overlook some biosecurity measures. Don’t let entryway control be the weakest link in your biosecurity program.
We are well into the fall season, and after last week’s confirmation of H5N2 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota now is a great time to assess and update your biosecurity program. Biosecurity is a series of management practices designed to prevent the introduction and spread of disease pathogens. Each piece of the program is important, and your defense against disease is only as strong as the weakest link.