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THREE WILD GEESE IN ILLINOIS TEST POSTIVE FOR AVIAN FLU

Press Release - Thursday, March 10, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, IL.- The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), received notice from USDA Wildlife Services of the first confirmed highly pathogenic Eurasian H5 Avian Influenza (Avian Flu) in a wild bird in Illinois for 2022.  Three Canada geese, located in Will County were submitted for sampling on March 2, 2022.  The findings were confirmed by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory on March 10. 

Wild bird detections have been occurring throughout early 2022 and many states have also experienced detections in domestic poultry recently.  While Illinois has not seen any Avian Flu in backyard or commercial poultry within the state this year, this finding demonstrates that the virus is present and may be circulating within the wild bird population in Illinois.  Anyone that owns birds or is involved with poultry production, whether on a small or commercial level, should be aware of this finding and take precautions to protect their flock. 

Producers and owners should review their biosecurity plans and prevent contact with wild birds and their droppings.  IDOA also strongly encourages all producers to keep birds indoors when possible. 

Flock owners, managers or veterinarians should report any unusual findings in domestic poultry such as increase in mortality, decrease in water consumption, decrease in egg production, or respiratory signs including coughing and sneezing immediately to the IDOA at 217-782-4944 or the USDA at 866-536-7593.

Goose hunters or others who may encounter sick or deceased wild birds should also take measures to protect themselves, their poultry, and pets. For specific measures please consult the Avian Flu fact sheet for hunters at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/2015/fsc_hpai_hunters.pdf.


If people encounter five or more deceased wild waterfowl, waterbirds, or raptors in one location, they should contact their local IDNR district wildlife biologist (https://www.wildlifeillinois.org/sidebar/contact-an-idnr-district-wildlife-biologist/) or USDA Wildlife Services at 1-866-487-3297.

For more information regarding Avian Flu including links to the USDA's websites and biosecurity tips please visit IDOA's website at Alerts and Important Animal Health Information - Animal Health and Welfare (illinois.gov).

      


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