BOAH to Host H5N1 Meeting for Dairy Producers, Industry Partners

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) will host a meeting in LaGrange County for the dairy industry—farmers, haulers, veterinarians, and service providers—to discuss the latest information and outlook related to the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) situation.

The in-person meeting will be held at the Topeka Livestock Auction’s livestock arena at 7 PM (Eastern) on Thursday, July 11, 2024. The market is located at 601 E Lake Street, Topeka, IN 46571.

Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM will host the meeting, along with key BOAH staff. The meeting will address many aspects of the H5N1 situation:  the current status of the disease nationally; testing protocols and programs; state response plans, if a positive is identified; practical biosecurity and prevention efforts; and available federal programs.

“Everyone working in the dairy sector is welcome to attend,” Dr. Marsh said. “Preventing the spread of this disease and all subsequent response will take a coordinated effort by everyone associated with this industry.”

Since the first case of H5N1 was identified on a Texas dairy farm in March, BOAH has been monitoring the situation closely and working with veterinarians and farmers to coordinate testing. To date, no case of the virus has been confirmed in Indiana dairy cattle.

For updates about the disease and the current situation, visit the BOAH website at:  https://www.in.gov/boah/species-information/cattle-sheep-and-other-ruminants/cattle-dairy-and-beef/h5n1influenzaincattle/

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Source: Indiana State Board of Animal Health