NEWFIELD, N.Y. — The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in backyard and commercial flocks across fifteen states as of mid-March. Though HPAI does not present a human health concern, the economic impact of flock depopulation can be devastating.
The HPAI incidences have been seen in both backyard flocks and commercial operations leading to the depopulation of nearly 7.6 million birds. For a complete list of confirmed HPAI cases, visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/avian-influenza/hpai-2022.
HPAI is caused by influenza type A virus, which can infect many types of poultry. It is typically carried by wild birds and migrating waterfowl. As a lipid-enveloped virus, the internal genetic material of HPAI is encased by a lipid layer.
The lipid layer of these viruses has shown to be susceptible to medium-chain fatty acids, with glycerol monolaurate (GML) demonstrating highly effective antiviral activity. Multiple research studies have shown that GML disrupts the lipid membrane to either directly inactivate lipid-enveloped viruses or prevent fusion and entry of the virus into the target host cells. GML is available in a commercial form as Prolaeis® from Natural Biologics. To learn more about Prolaeis and Natural Biologics visit www.NaturalBiologics.com.
About Natural Biologics
Natural Biologics was founded in 2015 to provide innovative, natural solutions for agriculture producers to manage risk and improve the health and productivity of animals and crops across the world. Focusing on our core values of integrity, relationships and innovation, Natural Biologics builds lasting partnerships with customers, suppliers and employees. With Natural Biologics as part of the team, our customers will be better able to provide a growing global population with safe, sustainable and healthy food. Learn more about Natural Biologics’ full line of animal health solutions by visiting www.NaturalBiologics.com.
For additional information, contact:
Dr. Charlie Elrod, President & CEO