AVIAN INFLUENZA INFORMATION
UPDATE 3/16/17: Effective March 16,2017, Georgia State Veterinarian Robert M. Cobb has suspended all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales (flea markets, auction markets), swaps, and meets in the State of Georgia until further notice. To read his Suspension Memo, click here.
UPDATE 3/7/17: On March 5, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, which is located in the middle of Tennessee on the Alabama line in the Mississippi flyway zone (migratory bird bath). In January 2016, the H7N8 HPAI virus was detected in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana. From December 2014 through December 2015 there were more than 220 detections of the H5 HPAI virus was found in 21 states in three of the four waterfowl migratory pathways – Pacific, Central and Mississippi - that affected more than 48 million birds. Georgia is in the Atlantic flyway for waterfowl migration..
While HPAI is known to be deadly for domesticated poultry - chickens, turkeys, guineas, quail, and peafowl -- it is an animal health issue, not a food safety or public health issue at this time. The risk of human infection with avian influenza during poultry outbreaks is very low. Proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit kills bacteria and viruses.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture is heading Georgia’s avian influenza response plan. Please visit their Avian Influenza Response Center for the latest HPAI updates and information. For general questions and concerns about Avian Influenza in Georgia or to report a suspected case, please call (855) 491-1432
Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Avian influenza and what it means for producers and consumers.
Below are links to USDA brochures that outline biosecurity measures commercial poultry producers and owners of backyard poultry flocks should follow to prevent spread of the virus. Click each image to see that brochure.
The Georgia Poultry Federation has launched its Grower Biosecurity Education Campaign, encouraging commercial poultry producers to visit www.ALLinALLgone.com to access biosecurity information. As part of the effort, they've produced this brochure... Avian Influenza - What Poultry Growers Need To Know. Click the image below to view that brochure.
Poultry operations are visited by utility and other service providers, who must be conscious of the threat they can pose when entering a poultry farm.
This important document, Basic Biosecurity For All Service Providers To Poultry Farms, lists practical measures that MUST be udertaken to mitigate the risk of spreading avian influenza or other poultry diseases.
Another important document for poultry producers is The HPAI Indemnity and Compensation Process. This provides information for producers in the event they suffer losses due to HPAI.