Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
United States of America
Information received on 05/09/2014 from Dr John Clifford, Official Delegate, Chief Trade Advisor, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America
Report type Follow-up report No. 1
Date of start of the event 22/08/2014
Date of confirmation of the event 22/08/2014
Report date 05/09/2014
Date submitted to OIE 05/09/2014
Date event resolved 17/09/2014
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 10/07/2014
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H7N3
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (27/08/2014)
Follow-up report No. 1 (05/09/2014)
Follow-up report No. 2 (11/09/2014)
Follow-up report No. 3 (25/09/2014)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) are conducting a comprehensive epidemiological investigation of this event. Epidemiological summary of the event as of 3 September 2014: •Routine testing detected low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in pheasants on a breeding farm/hunting preserve. There have been no clinical signs of illness or increased mortality in birds on the premises. •Virus isolation was confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) for LPAI H7N3. The amino acid sequence at the hemagglutinin protein cleavage site of the virus isolate is compatible with North American low pathogenic avian influenza virus. •Pheasants on the premises will be tested at least once every 7 days for a minimum of 4 weeks after the last PCR-positive test. •Follow-up surveillance and testing for influenza A virus (IAV) on one epidemiologically linked farm was negative for IAV. •There are no commercial poultry farms within a 10km radius of the affected premises. The epidemiological investigation and response to the event are continuing. Note by the OIE Animal Health Information Department: H5 and H7 avian influenza in its low pathogenic form in poultry is a notifiable disease as per Chapter 10.4. on avian influenza of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2014).
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Quarantine
  • Zoning
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
New Jersey Department of Agriculture - Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (NJDA-AHDL) (Local laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 26/08/2014 Negative
New Jersey Department of Agriculture - Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory (NJDA-AHDL) (Local laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 02/09/2014 Negative
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) (National laboratory) Birds virus isolation 31/08/2014 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.