Why Biosecurity Matters: H7N3 avian flu in US turkey outbreaks related to wild bird strains

Recently, low-pathogenic avian influenza was found in some commercial poultry farms in the Carolinas;
later, a high-path strain was detected. While it’s not clear how this infection occurred, the role of wild
bird migration is always under consideration. What should the small farmer do to avoid illness in their
poultry flocks? The usual thing: basic biosecurity. Please check the USDA Defend the Flock program for
the overall guidelines:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/defend-
the-flock-program/dtf-biosecurity

To read about the USDA’s investigation in H7N3 avian influenza outbreaks on turkey farms in North
Carolina and South Carolina, visit:
https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/04/news-scan-apr-27-2020