Preventing avian influenza (bird flu) on poultry farms

You can take the following steps to help prevent poultry on your farm from getting bird flu from wild birds:

  • Keep poultry indoors.
  • Keep poultry away from areas where wild birds are.
  • Make sure people who go into the poultry houses have not been in contact with wild birds or in an area with the bird flu virus.
  • Make sure equipment is cleaned and disinfected before you bring it into the poultry house.
  • Do not keep bird feeders or create duck ponds on your property. They may attract wild birds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works to keep bird flu out of poultry farms located in the United States. You can find more information about its program on the Web site:

Last Updated: July 31, 2008

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology

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