DATCP Lifts State Order Prohibiting Poultry at Live Events
On June 20, DATCP lifted the statewide order that previously prohibited the movement of poutry to all live events.
The DATCP release can be found here.
Special Order in parts of Barron and Polk Counties
On May 16, DATCP issued a summary special order restricting the movement of domestic birds and domestic bird products in parts of Barron and Polk counties.
The DATCP special order relase, including a map of the restricted zone, can be found here.
What is Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)?
HPAI viruses are a form of avian influenza that has been found to be highly contagious and is fatal to domestic poultry. It can be spread by contact with infected birds, equipment, or clothing worn by those working with the animals.
Signs of HPAI in infected birds include:
- Sudden death without clinical signs
- Lack of energy or appetite
- Decrease in egg production; soft, misshapen eggs
- Purple discoloration of wattles, comb, and legs
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny nose, coughing, sneezing
- Stumbling or falling down
For additional information and resources on HPAI visit the USDA APHIS website.
Wisconsin specific information regarding HPAI cases and resources can be found on the DATCP website.
Avian Influenza Informational Interview
WFBFs Innovation and Engagement Strategist, Karen Gefvert, sat down with Keith Poulsen to discuss the current Avian Influenza outbreak in Wisconsin. They discuss HPAI transmission, biosecurity, infected flock procedure and farm protocols, depopulation as well as impacts to poultry and poultry product movement and trade.
You can watch the interview below.
2022 Avian Influenza in Wisconsin
April 2- Rock County had a positive case of HPAI in a backyard flock.
April 8- Racine County had a positive case of HPAI in a poultry flock.
April 9- Barron County had a positive case of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock.
April 14- Columbia County had a positive case of HPAI in a backyard mixed species flock.
April 14- Sheboygan County had a positive case of HPAI in a backyard mixed species flock.
April 14- Polk County had a positive case of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock.
April 29- Fon du Lac and Oconto Counties had a positive case of HPAI in backyard flocks.
May 5- Sauk and Pierce Counties had a positive case of HPAI in backyard flocks.
May 16- Dunn and Marrinette Counties had a positive case of HPAI in backyard flocks.
May 23- Bayfield County had a positive case of HPAI in a backyard flock.
AFBF Breaking Down the HPAI Outbreak
On April 12, AFBF released a market intel on the HPAI outbreak.
On April 26, AFBF released an HPAI market intel update.
What Can You Do To Mitigate the Spread?
This outbreak is a timely reminder that all farms should have a crisis management plan in place, biosecurity measures should be in place and followed, as well as the importance of having your farm premise registration updated.