Illinois Companies, Farmers, and Zoos Practicing Highest Biosecurity Measures
SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) continues to work closely with poultry producers, captive bird owners and zoos across the State to reduce the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which is impacting several states across the nation, including the Midwest. To date, no cases of HPAI have been detected in birds in Illinois.
HPAI entered into the United States in mid-December 2014. Incidents have occurred within the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways. There have been cases in wild birds, captive wild birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry. Several million birds have either died or have been euthanized due to the virus.
“The Department is calling on everyone involved with birds, regardless of flock size, to...