Alert: What to know and do about bird flu (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in Oregon.

HPAI is a highly contagious, deadly disease in domestic poultry. Confirmed cases of HPAI in and near Oregon since October 2023 include Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Deschutes, and Marion counties, and an active quarantine in Linn County. The risk of HPAI to human health is low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to do:

  1. Be aware of this disease.
  2. Practice biosecurity, especially keeping wild birds out of contact with domesticated poultry.
  3. For domesticated backyard birds: If you have birds that appear sick or have died of respiratory or neurological disease, don't touch it, report it. Please call 503-986-4711 (Alt Phone: 1-800-347-7028).
  4. For wild birds: If you see sick or dead wild birds, do not collect or handle them. Report the incident directly to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife at 866-968-2600 or [email protected].

How to stay informed:

For 4-H families with questions about the impact of HPAI on 4-H activities, contact your local 4-H educator or Candi Bothum, 4-H statewide animal sciences program manager.

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