The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Saturday confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial backyard flock (poultry) in Pitkin County.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections do not present an immediate health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.
The disease has a high mortality rate (nearly 100 percent) for domestic poultry and can be devastating to backyard chicken producers. Those who raise chickens should seek resources that can help educate them on the disease and bolster their biosecurity processes in order to help stop the spread, according to Drew Walters, agriculture specialist for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails.
Information and resources for HPAI:
Walters is available to take questions and direct people to appropriate resources. He can be reached at email@example.com or call/text him at 970-230-1349.