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Protecting Your Backyard Flock from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Wednesday September 21, 2022

As the fall migration begins, poultry owners are reminded to protect their domestic flocks from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported increased cases of HPAI in backyard poultry flocks, although none have been identified in our jurisdiction.

“We share this information with our residents to remind them of the steps they can take to reduce the transmission risk for their chickens, ducks, and turkeys,” says Rebecca Burns, Health Officer. “Removing bird feeders and bird baths from your yard during the fall migration period, is a good first step.”

Additionally, poultry owners should take the following measures to protect their flocks:

 

Signs and Symptoms of HPAI include:

If avian influenza is suspected, contact MDARD immediately at 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after-hours).

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing health care, and protecting the environment.