Avian Influenza Information

Stay Informed to prevent the spread

What can I do to help prevent the spread of Avian influenza in our native bird population?
First, take down your bird feeders and any area that many birds flock together or share food and water sources. The CDC warns that the virus is spread through bird’s “saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with the virus as it is shed by infected birds. They also can become infected through contact with surfaces that are contaminated with virus from infected birds.”
What symptoms do birds display when they are sick?
Although some birds (some water fowl) don’t show signs of illness, many birds quickly become ill with neurologic problems due to swelling in the head, they seem dull or depressed, lack of appetite, respitory problems and diarrhoea.
Where can I find up to date information?
The USDA and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health have sites with up to date information focused on commercial birds. I will update this page if a site is located that talks about our wild population.

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