Of course, we in agriculture share a mission to ensure accurate information reaches producers and consumers. At Signature, we have created a few talking points. Everyone in both the agriculture and healthcare industry is welcome to use these in order to provide a unified response to the current increase in HPAI H5 infections.
As of May 11:
- 156 detections
- 32,622,473 birds affected
- H5N2 was found in a commercial egg-laying facility in northeastern Nebraska.
- H5N8 was found in a backyard poultry flock in northeastern Indiana.
Backyard poultry owners should report suspicious flock health changes to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and can call toll-free 1-866-536-7593.
Signs of possible bird flu:
- Birds lack appetite;
- Birds lack energy;
- Oddly shaped eggs or decrease in egg laying;
- Nasal discharge;
- Sudden death.
How’s Influenza A spread?
Bird flu is carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. Cases have been confirmed in captive gyrfalcons.
HUMAN HEALTH RISK
Eggs and poultry remain safe to eat. (Source: USDA)
These HPAI H5 infections pose little risk to humans. (Source: USDA)
No human infections to date. (Source: USDA)
Poultry, poultry products and wild birds should always be properly cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
If a person has been exposed, signs that merit a doctor’s examination:
- Sore throat;
- Shortness of breath.
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