Officials warn of additional cases of avian influenza

Sep 26, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: 7:40 pm
At 5800 So. 1400 W. you find an irrigation canal that attracts  a lot of waterfowl, seagulls and ev...
At 5800 So. 1400 W. you find an irrigation canal that attracts a lot of waterfowl, seagulls and even chickens. It run close to the road and people in large numbers show up to feed the birds. The road has a lot of travel on it and the waterfowl get up on the road and get run over by cars and contruction trucks. Photo--Don Grayston (1 of 4 pix) (Submission date: 10/16/2002)
(Submission date: 10/16/2002)

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food are urging the public to be prepared for additional cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). This comes as the fall migration of wild waterfowl is set to begin. 

“This disease poses a threat to our poultry industry, backyard hobby flocks, and human health,” said state veterinarian, Dr. Dean Taylor in a news release. “HPAI is extremely contagious and easily spread among birds. Caution should be taken by bird owners to prevent spread of this disease.”

Earlier this year, Utah had several cases of the disease that affected the Cache, Weber, Salt Lake and Utah counties. Most recently, eight turkey farms in Sanpete County have tested positive for avian influenza. 

Steps to prevent additional cases of avian influenza

UDAF is recommending that all domestic bird owners strengthen their biosecurity measures. If possible, the UDAF says birds should be kept locked inside enclosures to prevent contact with any migratory birds. Additionally, the UDAF also says domestic birds should not be sharing water or feeding sources with wild birds.

Signs of avian influenza in birds are high death loss and nasal discharge. Other signs of the disease in birds are a lack of coordination, a loss of appetite or intake of water. 

If you have birds that are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are asked to reach out to the state veterinarian as soon as possible at

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avian influenza does not present a health risk to humans at the present time. 

For additional information on how to keep your animals safe from avian influenza, click here

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Officials warn of additional cases of avian influenza