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September 1, 2022
HPAI Detected in Backyard Flock in Caroline County, VA
Protect Your Backyard Flock by Practicing Biosecurity
Contact: Michael Wallace
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected in a backyard flock in Woodford, VA on August 30, 2022. The backyard flock, consisting of chickens, ducks, and geese, were pets, not commercial poultry. As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flock.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avian influenza detections do not present an immediate public health concern.
Anyone involved with poultry production, from the small backyard flock to large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity controls to assure the health of their birds. Implementing solid biosecurity measures can reduce the risk of people, animals, equipment, or vehicles spreading infectious diseases, such as HPAI.
The following checklist is a general guide to practicing biosecurity for your backyard flock:
Virginia poultry owners should report unusual poultry illnesses or deaths to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 804.692.0601 or at email@example.com or through the USDA’s toll-free number, 866.536.7593.
The USDA APHIS “Defend the Flock” program offers a variety of resources on biosecurity methods and checklists in several different languages.
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