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

Avian Influenza is a disease caused by a virus that affects all types of poultry, including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. The highly pathogenic form of avian influenza can spread very rapidly and have devastating effects on a poultry flock.

It is important to be aware that people can play a role in the spread of disease by carrying the virus on their hands, shoes, and clothing. Good biosecurity practices are essential to prevent the introduction and spread of disease in a poultry flock. Here are some simple steps you can take when visiting poultry farms to limit the spread of disease.

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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