Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as “bird flu,” is a serious, highly contagious disease that is often fatal to chickens and turkeys.
The year 2015 was the last time poultry farmers dealt with this devastating viral disease, which resulted in culling entire flocks, loss of income, and an overwhelming toll on farmers’ and workers’ physical and mental health.
These viruses rarely affect humans. Most cases of bird flu infection in humans have likely resulted from contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces. So far, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission. HPAI requires a rapid response to keep the virus from spreading between flocks and farms. The goal is to contain and eradicate the disease quickly, protecting our poultry industry, and in turn, the American consumer.
UMASH has prepared a toolkit to help poultry farmers enhance prevention with biosecurity protocols, identify the signs and symptoms of HPAI in birds, and stay connected to additional resources from USDA – APHIS and state departments of agriculture.
RESOURCES BY ROLE:
HPAI RESOURCES FOR FARM WORKERS:
HPAI RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND PRODUCERS:
- Avian Influenza Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines
- Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline: 833-600-2670 or Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211
Biosecurity checklists from USDA:
Find these checklists in Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Chinese here.
HPAI RESOURCES FOR CLINICIANS:
For more information about HPAI:
- Overall USDA Biosecurity Page – Defend the Flock – USDA’s Defend the Flock education program offers free tools and resources to help everyone who works with or handles poultry follow proper biosecurity practices.
- CDC Information on Avian Flu – The Centers for Disease Control compiles updated information about bird flu, or avian influenza.
- Center for Food Security and Public Health (Iowa State University) – Iowa State University provides technical and fast facts about avian influenza, including disease images and prevention strategies.
- UMN Extension Poultry Biosecurity – University of Minnesota Extension compiles biosecurity resources for poultry operations.
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