ALL IN Avian Influenza Alert – HPAI Detected in Tennessee
March 5, 2017, Washington – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee.
Now is the time to review and tighten up ALL of your farm’s biosecurity programs. It only takes one biosecurity misstep to introduce avian influenza into your flocks.
Entering your poultry house safely is the #1 thing you can do to be ALL IN and PROTECT YOUR FARM.
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to avoid contact with wild birds, especially waterfowl. This includes places where wild bird droppings might be present.
Please visit http://www.allinallgone.com/ai-education-campaign/ to review the biosecurity measures that are important to protecting your farm and livelihood. All of the education messages are important, but please pay special attention to Message #9 about controlling wild birds near your poultry houses.
Every person who enters your poultry houses must follow the same biosecurity steps, and every piece of equipment or other item brought into your houses must be properly disinfected. ENFORCE THE BIOSECURITY LINE OF DEFENSE around each individual poultry house.
Any entry into your poultry houses by any person has the potential to infect your flock.
ALL IN means EVERYBODY.
Please make sure your workers, family and anyone entering your poultry houses have a reason to be there and are ALL IN and FOLLOWING THROUGH on your farm’s biosecurity program.
Visit http://www.allinallgone.com/ for updates as they become available.
The Georgia Poultry Federation