FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following the confirmation of a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Madison County, the Cooperative Extension Service has scheduled two webinars for backyard poultry owners with tips for keeping their birds safe.
Both webinars are scheduled for October 18 and 20. Both will begin at 6 p.m. Registration is available online.
Dustan Clark, extension veterinarian for the University of Arkansas Agriculture System Division, warned last week that with fall migration along the Mississippi Flyway, “the risks of infection could increase since wild waterfowl and shorebirds can act as reservoirs for the virus.
“Backyard flocks are more at risk as they are more likely to spend time outdoors and may be exposed to wild bird droppings,” he said.
The Cooperative Extension Service also offers online biosecurity resources for backyard flock owners and commercial operations.
With last week’s confirmed case in Madison County, the number of states with no confirmed bird flu cases in poultry fell to seven: Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia. , according to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection. Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and partner agencies, including the USDA, were sampling and quarantining commercial and backyard poultry flocks in the area where the disease was discovered.
If flock owners notice symptoms in their birds, they should contact their county officer, state veterinarian, or call the state Department of Agriculture at 501-823-1746 or the USDA hotline. at 1-866-536-7593.