Maine Animal Health Officials Issue Advisory Regarding Poultry Trade and Exhibits in Response to Avian Flu Cases

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April 22, 2022 Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Augusta – Today, due to multiple detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Maine and New England, Maine animal health officials announced an advisory recommending the cancellation or postponement of competitions , shows, shows, exchanges or other in-person events encouraging the gathering or mixing of domestic poultry.

Augusta – Today, due to multiple detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Maine and New England, Maine animal health officials announced an advisory recommending the cancellation or postponement of competitions , shows, shows, exchanges or other in-person events encouraging the gathering or mixing of domestic poultry.

Advisory: The risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) remains high and bird owners are advised to keep birds indoors to prevent the spread of this disease. Trends seen with past HPAI outbreaks in North America are that we often see a reprieve in the summer months. This is because summer is when the virus in the landscape (outdoors) is degraded by sunlight and heat. Animal health officials in all six New England states recommend that all contests, shows, shows, exchanges or other in-person events encouraging the gathering or mixing of domestic poultry be postponed until July 1, 2022 or later.

“The best way to prevent the spread of HPAI from infected poultry to healthy poultry is to avoid unnecessary mixing of groups of domestic birds,” said Maine State Veterinarian Dr. Michele Walsh. “As the risk of HPAI is considered high in Maine, we believe that a smart tactic to control the spread of HPAI is to recommend canceling or postponing poultry events until July 1, 2022 and reassess the threat of HPAI to domestic poultry and pet birds at that time.”

For a complete overview of HPAI in Maine, the state’s response, a list of frequently asked questions, and additional resources about HPAI, visit maine.gov/dacf/hpai

To report sick poultry or unusual pet bird deaths, call the toll-free USDA Sick Bird Hotline at 1-866-536-7593.

To report strange or dead behavior wild birdcall the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife at 207-287-8000.

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