Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Animal Industry
Dr. David Smith , Director, (518) 457-3502

Bird Flu Outbreak Prevention – Best Practices

A deadly strain of bird flu, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, has been identified in several states throughout the country. This strain can infect chickens, turkeys, ducks and a wide variety of birds. It can spread from bird to bird by direct contact as well as through farm equipment, clothing and shoes. It can spread and kill an entire flock within days.

Fortunately, Highly Pathogenic avian influenza has not yet been found in any birds in New York State and simple precautions can help keep it that way. Note: This virus is not known to be a public health concern.

Visiting Poultry Farms

If you are visiting a Poultry Farm, follow these procedures:

  • Do not enter any farm without permission from the owner or management.

  • Whenever possible, make an appointment prior to traveling to the farm.

  • Wear clean clothes and shoes on the day of the visit.

  • When you arrive, park your vehicle at the end of the farm drive or on the roadside and use your cell phone to notify the owners or managers of your presence and to receive instructions for entry.

  • Let farm management know if in the previous five days you have been on another poultry farm or if you’ve had contact with wild birds.  Also let management know if you personally own or care for birds or poultry.

  • Observe all of the farm’s instructions regarding biosecurity procedures.

  • Do not enter animal housing areas without express permission from farm management.

  • Do not touch animals unless that is part of your tasks on the farm.

  • Immediately report anything unusual to farm management, especially sick or dead birds.

Your attention to these precautions is critical to protecting bird health and our farm economy!

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