This morning (Wednesday 11/22), the Ohio Poultry Association released notice that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in one of the commercial layer flocks in Union County.
HPAI in commercial or backyard flocks often originates from wild, migratory birds. It is highly contagious, spreads quickly among flocks, and may be fatal to the birds.
“The recent HPAI detection does not present an immediate public health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No human cases have been detected in the United States. According to USDA, HPAI cannot be transmitted through properly cooked meats or eggs.” -Ohio Poultry Association.
If you have a home or residential flock, please keep a close eye on them using the information included. Measures of protection are also provided to help keep your flock safe.
If you suspect your home birds may have HPAI, immediately contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6220.
If you suspect your commercial flock may have HPAI, immediately contact the Ohio Poultry Association at 614-882-6111.
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