Tag: AI

AI: Will Maine Encounter Avian Influenza from Southerly-Migrating Wild Birds?

By Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, PhD, University of Maine Cooperative Extension It’s time to review biosecurity again, as the risk of getting avian influenza (AI) (and other diseases) from wild birds may increase this fall. The outbreak of highly pathogenic AI (HPAI) has calmed down, and Maine (and the East coast) escaped so far. After losses […]

Read more

June 15, 2015, Avian Influenza Update

By Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, PhD, University of Maine Cooperative Extension In the news this weekend was the story that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is now in Arizona … or is it? Apparently a source in Iowa sold gamebird products that were contaminated with HPAI, and these were “traced” to destinations that include Arizona, a […]

Read more

June 1, 2015: Update on Avian Influenza in the United States

By Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM, PhD, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Since late last year, a real problem for poultry producers has arisen in the United States: highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). In late 2014, following a cluster of cases in southwestern Canada, HPAI (contagious bird flu) was isolated from birds in backyard poultry flocks in […]

Read more

May 2015: Avoiding Avian Influenza (AI) in the Northeast US

It’s easy to know whether to worry about highly pathogenic diseases that may blow in with the breeze and may wipe out your flock (either because the disease is quite virulent, or because regulatory agencies need to “stamp out” flocks that have the disease): yes, you should worry. However, the essence of survival in our […]

Read more