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Posted on: January 6, 2023

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

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Wild geese collected in Pottawatomie County in December 2022, have been confirmed to have had the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). 

Pottawatomie County Health Department Director Leslie Campbell said "The current H5N1 Bird Influenza (flu) virus that is circulating in the United States is posing minimal risk to the general public. The risk to humans is low."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring the current situation and working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and public health partners for potential changes in the bird flu that could affect humans. The CDC states that although bird flu viruses do not usually infect people, there have been some rare cases of human infection with these viruses.

The CDC has a "Bird Flu Current Situation Summary" webpage  with information about the number of wild birds detected, poultry affected, and a reported human case of bird flu in the United States.

An Avian Influenza Fact Sheet prepared by the Kansas Department of Agriculture is available here.

A Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) fact sheet with information about how to protect your small poultry flock is available here.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has information for best practices for waterfowl hunters to minimize the spread of avian influenza available on their website.

Additional Information from KS Dept of Agriculture
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