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Avian influenza outbreaks are primarily affecting turkeys and chickens, but the virus has also affected wild and domestic waterfowl.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks continue to plague commercial turkey and layer operations in South Dakota and the region, as well as small backyard poultry flocks in other parts of the US. These outbreaks have occurred along three different migratory bird flyways (Pacific, Central, and Mississippi).

Influenza viruses are encountered every year by people and a variety of animals. For the most part, these “flu” viruses stick to one species: human influenza viruses spread among people, avian influenza viruses spread among birds, and so on. To date, the HPAI virus implicated in these recent outbreaks is doing just that – affecting birds, not people or other species. These outbreaks are primarily affecting turkeys and chickens, but the virus has affected wild and domestic waterfowl and other species.

Common producer and consumer questions are addressed in Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in SD and Can Avian Influenza be passed in Eggs?.


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