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Quarantine Lifted at Knox Co. Poultry Facility
Nebraska Ag Connection - 06/19/2015

Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach today announced the release of a quarantine on a Knox County egg laying farm, after weeks of testing for highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) did not confirm an earlier presumptive positive test for the disease.

NDA issued the quarantine of the Knox County farm on May 27 after a preliminary test indicated the probable presence of HPAI. Subsequent testing did not confirm the presence of the disease, and the 3 million bird flock has been tested every day over the past three weeks. All tests have come back negative for HPAI, Ibach said.

"While the chance of a presumptive positive test ending up being negative is very uncommon, we have followed USDA protocol and the disease has not been found," Ibach said. "The release of the quarantine at this farm will allow the producer to resume business as usual. Testing and monitoring of this flock will continue as an additional precautionary measure."

The quarantine release of the farm also means NDA is releasing from quarantine the 27 additional Knox County locations that were quarantined because they were within 6.2 miles of the presumptive positive flock.

"I continue to urge all poultry operations - big and small - to exercise the strictest of biosecurity measures on their farms," Ibach said. "Eliminating the spread of the HPAI virus in Nebraska is something we all must work together to achieve."

Additional information on HPAI can be found online at www.nda.nebraska.gov.

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