There was a recent case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) found in a Canada goose near Cheyenne. This same disease has been found in both wild and domestic birds in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Montana. The virus is being spread by wildlife (ducks predominately) and has the potential to infect domestic poultry in Wyoming. Because some strains of HPAI can be transmitted to humans, it is very important to use proper precautions when handling domestic poultry.
Practice basic backyard biosecurity:
- Know the signs of HPAI and other poultry diseases.
- Restrict traffic on your property, especially in the areas where your poultry are kept.
- Disinfect shoes, clothing, egg trays, crates, etc.
- Wash your hands!!!
Smart bird buying practices:
- Buy from reputable dealers.
- Maintain records of all sales and shipments.
- Keep new birds separate from your flock for at least 30 days.
The Centers for Disease Control provides good of information on HPAI. You can also contact Dr. Rick Riesland with the USDA-APHIS office in Cheyenne, WY at 307.214.5121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.