A high pathogenic strain of avian influenza (H5N2) has been identified in commercial poultry flocks in Iowa and other Midwestern states, and is being spread by waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds as they migrate. For more information, visit www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.
This strain has not caused human illness and is not transmitted via food; thus. the risk to the public health is very low. However, IDPH, in collaboration with local public health partners, is monitoring the workers who had direct contact with the infected birds in accordance with CDC’s guidance.
Avian influenza should be considered by health care professionals as a possible diagnosis in patients with influenza-like illness who have had recent contact with sick or dead birds, especially in areas where the virus has been identified. IDPH will coordinate testing at SHL if needed. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h5/index.htm.
For more information on how to protect your birds - please see this handout from the USDA on Biosecurity.
Report Sick Birds: Don't wait. If your birds are sick or dying call: Your local veterinarian, the state veterinarian or the USDA.
Important Phone Numbers:
State of Iowa Veterinarian 515-281-5321
U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services office: 1-866-536-7593