Avian Flu Update and Upcoming Regional Meeting

— Written By Peter Austin and last updated by

Avian influenza (AI)–the bird flu–is a virus that infects wild birds (such as ducks, gulls, and shorebirds) and domestic poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese).  Wild birds often are not affected by the disease, however domestic poultry is at severe risk.

Many chicken and turkey flocks across the Northern Midwest have been decimated by the rapid spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Coordinated emergency response to the disease by government has been key to reducing the number of infected birds and reducing farmers’ losses. Wild bird migration patterns and lower fall temperatures make it very likely that wild birds that carry the disease will travel through North and South Carolina this fall, possibly transmitting the disease to domesticated birds.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA) recently announced that it is requiring all poultry owners to register for a NCFarmID number (PoultryNoticeAvianFlu2015). According to the NCDA, all poultry owners are required to register regardless of flock size. NCDA states that this measure is necessary to adequately prepare, manage, and control possible HPAI outbreaks. Online sign-up forms will be available for commercial and backyard flocks after Aug. 1, 2015.

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Contact Peter Austin for more information at pdaustin@ncsu.edu or 919-250-1100.

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Photo of Peter AustinPeter AustinExtension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops, Livestock (919) 250-1096 pdaustin@ncsu.eduWake County, North Carolina
Updated on Sep 15, 2015
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