Avian Influenza is more commonly referred to as the bird flu. It is a rapidly spreading viral disease that mainly infects birds. Migratory birds, waterfowl, and shore birds are natural carriers. Avian Influenza affects chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl.
Why should I care about AI?
AI has generated a great deal of international attention. Disease experts say human cases are rare. Individuals who are in direct contact with infected birds or their droppings are most susceptible to the disease in the human form.
Testing for AI will help identify if the disease is present and will allow an immediate response which will help minimize the human health and economic threats.
What are the signs of Avian Influenza in birds?
Decrease in egg production.
Soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, and wattles
Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs,and legs