This disease is capable of spreading through both wild and domestic bird populations and all animal care facilities should be on the lookout for any bird displaying neurological symptoms. Animal care facilities should put in place additional screening measures for any birds coming into their facility and take extra care to handle injured or deceased birds.
Anyone who observes sick or dead birds should limit contact. Try not to touch dead birds or wildlife with your bare hands. If you have to touch a dead bird, wear gloves or use a plastic bag to put it in the garbage. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling and throw away any gloves.
Clinical Signs of Illness
- Decreased food consumption, huddling, depression, closed eyes
- Respiratory signs, such as coughing and sneezing
- Decreased egg production, watery greenish diarrhea, excessive thirst
- Swollen wattles and combs
- DATCP List of Positive Outbreak Areas - https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/HPAIWisconsin.aspx
- DNR Avian Influenza General Update - https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/newsroom/release/55376