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James Theuri
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 7087057701
FAX: 815-933-8532




2015 Avian Influenza Outbreak

Avian Influenza, information for small flocks and backyard poultry

--Andrew Larson, Extension Educator in Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Unfortunately, bird flu is in the news again..and it's a serious concern for all poultry owners in the Mississippi Flyway, which includes Illinois. A strain of highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), variant H5N2, has been discovered in numerous Midwestern states within the past month or so. This virus has not been transmitted to people or entered the food supply, but literally millions of chickens and turkeys have already died or been euthanized due to this disease.  It has affected both large commercial operations and small backyard flocks, so it's time for every poultry owner in Illinois to take precautions and begin monitoring for the disease. Here are some great places to find reliable information. 

If you can only do one thing...

Download and print out this brochure from USDA APHIS.  It will teach you a little about avian influenza, how to identify the disease, and steps you can take to help prevent the disease from reaching your flock.  Share it with your friends who keep poultry.  If you prefer to watch, rather than read, check out this video, which elaborates a bit on the basics in the brochure.

For more information and a wide range of resources, check out Andrew's blog "Dirt Under Your Nails."

Bird Flu Briefing

What small producers and backyard enthusiasts need to know. University of Illinois Extension will host a 1-hr conference call discussing the latest information for poultry producers concening Avian Influenza outbreaks in the Midwest. Please dial in to this important discussion.

Presented on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00PM
An audio archive of this presentation is now available by selecting this link and listening to the recording: Bird Flu Briefing.

Slide Presentation from Dr. Rob Porter, University of MN

Here is a presentation delivered by Dr. Rob Porter, DVM, PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicince, University of MN. It is available as a PDF file by clicking here.  

Midwest Map Showing Distribution of Current Outbreaks

Characteristics of Selected Disenfectants - from Iowa State University