Avian Influenza

Ongoing screening and surveillance for avian influenza monitors for detection of Avian Influenza fatal to poultry.

  • This strain of avian influenza is confined exclusively to birds.
  • This is part of an ongoing pattern within the North American flyways where migratory wild birds carry Avian Influenza.
  • All affected poultry are prohibited from entering the marketplace.
  • Poultry products purchased in the U.S. are safe for consumption.
  • There is no risk of contracting the avian flu virus from properly handled and cooked poultry.

Upon detection of Avian Influenza, USDA and state officials immediately quarantine a farm to protect other flocks.

Turkeys are humanely euthanized and disposed of under federal supervision of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Consumers can be secure in the fundamental safety of the food supply and continue to enjoy turkey.  read more

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Testing for Avian Influenza

Wild migratory birds are monitored and tested as carriers of Avian Influenza, and the source of infection in backyard and commercial flocks.