New Case of HPAI in Wake County NC as of 10/20/22

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Wake County Press Release 10/20/2022

The NCDA has released a press statement regarding a new case of High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) located in Wake County NC. The case affected a backyard flock as well as several wild birds. As of right now there is no other case in North Carolina but neighboring flocks in Wake County will be monitored until their Quarantine Period is up. Please keep an eye on your backyard flocks and monitor them for the following signs and symptoms that are related to HPAI:

Reduced energy, decreased appetite, and/or decreased activity,
Lower egg production and/or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs,
Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb and wattles,
Purple discoloration of the wattles, comb and legs,
Difficulty breathing, runny nose, and/or sneezing
Twisting of the head and neck, stumbling, falling down, tremors and/or circling, and Greenish diarrhea.

If your birds show any of the above signs of HPAI please contact your local extension office, NCDA&CS at (919) 707-3250 or call the USDA Hotline at 1-866-536-7593.

The USDA and NCDA&CS has offered some biosecurity tips such as:
-Protect your flocks environment
-Keep things clean
-Take precautions with new and returning birds
-Don’t borrow disease from your neighbor
-Prevent Germs from getting a free ride
-Keep Sick Birds separate.

For more information on keeping your flock safe and healthy be sure to visit the NCDA&CS webiste at: <Biosecurity Information