Veterinarian - Longmont
426 Terry St
Longmont, CO 80501
303-651-9400

 

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in wild birds, as well as in backyard and commercial poultry flocks. The Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Colorado Egg Producers Association urge Colorado's bird owners to take steps to protect their poultry from avian influenza.

"While there are currently no cases of HPAI in Colorado, the number of states with confirmed cases continue to increase. The best measure bird owners can take to protect their flocks is to increase their disease prevention practices," said CDA's State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. "Whether you're a commercial poultry operation or a backyard bird owner, a few simple steps can make a big difference in the health of your birds."

Information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the risk to people and our food supply form the HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. Furthermore, avian influenza cannot be transmitted through safely handled and properly cooked eggs and poultry.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, should report sick birds or unusual bird deaths:

If you have sick birds or birds that have died from unknown causes, help is available at the Colorado Avian Health Call LIne at CSU @ 970-297-4008.  Dead birds may be submitted to the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Fort Collins for free HPAI testing @970-297-4008 or 970-297-1281; http://diab.colostate.edu

 

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