The Department of Agriculture is still very concerned about keeping the Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5 infections (Bird Flu) that was detected in the United States out of the Territory.
In its continued monitoring of the situation the Department issued a bulletin advising importers of live birds to complete the necessary animal import permit, which is essential to detection. “This is important in helping to stop the spread of the H5N1 Avian Flu or Bird Flu, and to safeguard the Territory,” the Agriculture Department announced.
Avian Influenza, or Bird Flu has been reported in the United States, and was reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI).
The detections began in December 2014 and continued into mid-June 2015. “During that time H5 bird flu virus detections were reported in 21 U.S. states (15 states with outbreaks in domestic poultry or captive birds and 6 states with H5 detections in wild birds only). It is possible that H5 outbreaks in birds in the United States may recur in the fall and winter. Surveillance for H5 in U.S. birds is ongoing,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated.