Training Trigger: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)   [open pdf - 538KB]

"The potential exists for avian influenza to cause devastating economic impacts. Since December 2014, HPAI A H5 viruses (H5N2, H5N8, and novel H5N1) have been identified in birds in the United States (US). The majority of these infections occurred in poultry, both in commercial settings and backyard flocks. Nearly 50 million birds in 21 states have been depopulated (i.e., destroyed) to stop the disease from spreading. The viruses have also been found in wild birds in the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Migratory Flyways of North America. These viruses are highly pathogenic in birds, but there have been no known human infections and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider these viruses as low risk for humans. Because of their appearance in North American birds, there may be a higher likelihood of human infections occurring in the US. In other parts of the world there have been cases of severe and sometimes fatal human infections with other avian influenza viruses (H5N1, H5N6, H7N9). Continued surveillance for avian influenza viruses in wildlife within the US is ongoing through the collaborative efforts of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Department of Interior (DOI) and State departments of natural resources."

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