USDA confirms two more cases of HPAI in wild birds


USDA confirms two more cases of HPAI in wild birds

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed two additional findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza wild birds.  One case was identified in South Carolina and the other in North Carolina.  These findings follow the case confirmed last week. All three findings are H5N1 HPAI.

The USDA says these findings are not unexpected because wild birds can be infected with the virus and show no signs of illness.  Because they can carry the disease to new areas when migrating, the department does anticipate additional findings.

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at