Avian influenza, popularly called “bird flu,” has been making its way around the world and is expected to be found this year in North America among migrating waterfowl that have mingled with birds from infected areas. The particular type of avian influenza that is in the news is technically called high-pathogenicity H5N1. There are many other strains of avian influenza as well.
Humans in close direct contact with sick birds have become sick as well, but the disease has not become one that is transmitted between humans – that would be the pandemic we keep hearing about.
Wisconsin, like other states, has been preparing for the possibility of finding the disease in wild birds, domestic poultry, or humans if the fear of its changing to a human disease is realized. Here at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, our role is to watch for the disease among domestic poultry and farm-raised game birds, and to contain it if it should appear.
Avian Influenza and Wisconsin Agriculture: Fast Facts (4 page PDF)
USDA Poultry Disease Information
USDA BioSecurity Information for Birds
Poultry Diseases Quick Guide
American Poultry Association
Avian Influenza and Wisconsin Wildlife
Avian Influenza and Wisconsin's Public Health
Federal Clearinghouse for Pandemic Information
Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
For More Information Contact:
Dr. Darlene Konkle
|United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Safeguarding American Agriculture
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