Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Toolkit from UMASH
"NOW AVAILABLE from the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center (UMASH): As the situation Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) unfolds, UMASH has prepared a toolkit to help farmers enhance prevention with biosecurity protocols, identify the signs and symptoms of HPAI, and stay connected to additional resources from USDA-APHIS and state departments of agriculture."
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as “bird flu,” is a serious, highly contagious disease that is often fatal to chickens and turkeys.
The year 2015 was the last time poultry farmers dealt with this devastating viral disease, which resulted in culling entire flocks, loss of income, and an overwhelming toll on farmers’ and workers’ physical and mental health.
These viruses rarely affect humans. Most cases of bird flu infection in humans have likely resulted from contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces. So far, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission. HPAI requires a rapid response to keep the virus from spreading between flocks and farms. The goal is to contain and eradicate the disease quickly, protecting our poultry industry, and in turn, the American consumer.