- APHIS confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), on January 15, 2016. This is the first outbreak of HPAI since June, 2015.
- This outbreak was found in a flock of turkeys in Dubois County, Indiana. There has not been an official statement from the USDA on the size of the flock.
- It is understood that up to 4 million laying birds could be in the control zone.
- This outbreak is the H7N8 strain. This is a different strain than what struck the industry in 2015. Since this is a different strain, it is uncertain how quickly the virus could spread.
- There are no known cases of H7N8 infecting humans.
- State officials have already quarantined the affected premises and begun depopulation of the flock.
- Government officials are closely monitoring surrounding areas and testing nearby flocks.
- We do not have any flocks that are near the outbreak and are not in the quarantined zone. Our closest site is a contracted cage-free facility over 130 miles away.
- We continue to have a secure supply through our international egg sourcing.
- Our 15-point biosecurity improvement plan is in place to continue to protect our birds.
- Rembrandt continues to closely monitor the situation. We will continue to keep our customers updated as we receive additional information.