Urgent Update: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been confirmed on 21 Minnesota properties as of April 7th. Officials are working to contain and control this foreign animal disease introduction in our state. We are sharing resources to keep you informed and help you prevent the spread of this disease.

What you need to know?

Minnesota is currently experiencing cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and is working hard to contain its spread. Due to this outbreak, Blue Sky Animal Hospital is currently not accepting any avian patients; this means barnyard fowl as well as wild birds (including chickens, turkeys, ducks, and ravens).

What are the signs of HPAI?

  • Decreased water consumption
  • Extreme depression
  • Very quiet
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decrease in feed or water intake
  • Swelling or purple discoloration of head, eyelids, comb, wattle, and hocks
  • Decrease in egg production
  • Sudden unexplained death

What should you do if you think your birds may be infected?

Call the Minnesota Avian Influenza Hotline at 1-833-454-0156 and select from five options for assistance and information during the state’s HPAI response:

Press 1 report a sick domestic bird.
Press 2 report a sick or dead wild bird.
Press 3 biosecurity and general poultry management questions.
Press 4 permitting and control areas.
Press 5 for all other inquires.

Visit the MN Board of Animal Health website to view new HPAI detections and details. Or view the MN Board of Animal Health Guidance for Veterinary Clinics.

For questions or concerns about biosecurity regarding HPAI, to report a sick domestic bird, or to report a sick or dead wild bird, contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at 1-833-454-0156. For any sick or deceased wild birds or waterfowl in groups of five or more, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 1-888-646-6367.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota will continue to accept sick, injured, or orphaned waterfowl for euthanasia only during open hours of 9AM – 6PM daily. They have a dedicated, separate space for these species. They request that these species not be brought into their building but be kept in a carrier or box outside their front door. UMN Raptor Center will continue to accept raptor patients. Call them for latest steps to help at 612-624-4745.

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