Important Announcement Regarding HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza)

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a backyard flock of mixed species birds in Fauquier County, VA as well as in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Fulton County, KY. 

We urge you to review the biosecurity tool kits and information, located on the right-hand side of your screen, from our partners with Virginia Poultry Federation and the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to the office of the Virginia State Veterinarian at 804-692-0604 or or through APHIS' toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

You can also contact your regional Vet Services Office:

Richmond: 804-786-2483

Wytheville: 276-228-5501

Harrisonburg: 540-209-9120

In addition, VDACS has partnered with Cooperative Extension on a webinar with Dr. Jessica Walters on more information on protecting your flock.  The details are below:

Virtual Continuing Education Event

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Join Dr. Jessica Walters (BS '09, PhD '14, DVM '16) for updates on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and recommendations for biosecurity measures. Dr. Walters is a three-time graduate of Virginia Tech and now serves as the Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Office of Laboratory Services and oversees all four of the veterinary diagnostic labs in the Commonwealth. She is a boarded poultry veterinarian who previously served both as the Poultry Diagnostician for VDACS and as the Director of both the Harrisonburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory and Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory for the Office of Laboratory Services. She is also an Official State Agent representative for the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

One hour of continuing education (CE) credit will be provided (via email) to registered attendees who opt to receive a certificate. The lecture will be recorded and shared, but no CE credit will be provided after the live event.

For more information and to register:

Virginia Agribusiness Council
(804) 643-3555;
9323 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite T
 Richmond, Virginia 23235
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