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Avian Influenza

Avian influenza is a highly contagious airborne respiratory virus that spreads quickly among birds through nasal and eye secretions and manure. The virus can be spread through interaction between wild birds and domestic birds, flock to flock, equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. This virus affects poultry, like chickens, ducks, turkeys, and wild bird species such as ducks, geese, shorebirds, and raptors.

Since January 2022, almost every U.S. state has reported a detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). VDACS is currently working with state, regional and federal partners to respond to multiple HPAI cases in Rockingham County.

Reporting Sick or Dead Farm Birds
If domestic poultry or other farm birds exhibit signs of avian influenza (ranging from sneezing, coughing and ruffled feathers to sudden and high numbers of bird losses), bird owners should consult their local veterinary professional and notify state or federal animal health officials.

Virginia poultry owners should report unusual poultry illnesses or deaths to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 804.692.0601 or at vastatevet@vdacs.virginia.gov or through the USDA’s toll-free number, 866.536.7593.

HPAI Situation Updates

Recent HPAI Announcements

Protect Your Flock

Information & Resources

Click here for Division of Animal and Food Industry Services contact information.

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