- Category: Blog
- Published: Monday, 06 March 2017 16:32
- Written by Larry Lewis
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Highly Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza Detected in
a Commercial Poultry Flock in Tennessee
The detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a commercial poultry farm in Tennessee is prompting a reminder to Utah commercial and backyard poultry owners to continue being vigilant to protect their birds from contracting the disease. Currently there are no cases of HPAI in Utah.
In 2015, the State of Utah activated a multi-agency response plan following the confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in a wild bird in Davis County.
Utah sits within a major north-south flyway, so the threat of the disease entering Utah remains possible.
AI viruses can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl, as well as a variety of other birds. It is not considered a threat to human health, but AI findings can negatively impact poultry trade. The UDAF and USDA have formed a partnership to protect the vitality of this important segment of the country’s livestock industry.
Learn more about AI and how to protect your birds here.
posted: March 6, 2017