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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Tighten Biosecurity to Prevent Avian Influenza
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in backyard chicken flocks, commercial chicken operations or wild bird flocks in at least 12 states. The virus primarily infects birds and requires rapid response. Oklahoma has not had a positive case of HPAI detected at this time.

Officials at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry are working closely with Oklahoma State University Extension specialists and educators as well as veterinarians to monitor the situation and keep poultry growers informed on how best to prevent infection.

The USDA has confirmed cases of HPAI in Missouri and Kansas, and the states’ close proximity to Oklahoma has animal health officials on alert. The spread of HPAI from birds to other species, including humans, is rare and results from extensive direct contact. Barry Whitworth, DVM, OSU Extension southeast area food and animal quality health specialist, said although the virus has been detected in all four bird migratory flight zones, HPAI can still be prevented with strong biosecurity measures.

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