AlpacaGram 11.41 | Follow up on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza for Alpaca Owners

AlpacaGram 11.34
AlpacaGram 11.41June 19, 2024

Follow up on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza for Alpaca Owners

Sent on behalf of Government and Industry Relations Committee (GIRCom)

As reported in AlpacaGram 11.34, Potential Risk for Bird Flu, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 has been found in multiple species and was recently detected in four alpacas from a premises where HPAI-affected poultry were located. We have since learned that several of the alpacas aborted their fetuses, one alpaca died, and one alpaca showed signs of illness. Virus particles were found in the fetal tissue and milk samples that were obtained from these alpacas. Information concerning clinical signs and transmission patterns is still being learned.

This is an emerging disease event for alpacas and the USDA will be providing more information as it is acquired. This information and its relevance will be communicated to members as frequently as possible. You can find the most current USDA HPAI information related to livestock on the USDA website.

At this time HPAI is not a disease widespread in camelids. This is an isolated event on a farm where alpacas were in proximity to HPAI-affected poultry and in an environment that would attract asymptomatic HPAI-positive waterfowl. However, alpaca owners should contact their veterinarian to discuss the possibility of infection with HPAI if you have a cluster of abortions or illness in your animals and your alpacas are in close proximity to poultry or dairy cattle and show signs of illness or in an environment where waterfowl congregate.

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