Avian Diseases

  • Poultry can be affected by many types of disease, as well as a variety of pests. Some of the diseases and pests are reportable to the State of Michigan. Below is information regarding Avian Influenza, including clinical signs and why the disease is a concern for all poultry owners.

    For general information on good husbandry (or use how to care) for your poultry, go to the Michigan State University Extension poultry website at http://www.extension.org/poultry.

    About Avian Influenza

    Avian Influenza (AI), commonly called the bird flu, is a disease found among a wide variety of birds. AI viruses can infect domestic poultry that include chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. Additionally, it infects a wide variety of other birds, including wild migratory waterfowl. The strains of AI that have been reported in recent news releases has not been found to affect humans. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the risk to people form these H5 infections found in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry to be low. AI viruses are classified into low and high pathogenicity forms based on the severity of illness they cause in poultry. The low pathogenicity AI (LPAI) cause mild clinical signs, whereas the high pathogenicity AI (HPAI) causes severe clinical signs and are often associated with high death rates in affected birds.

    Additional Information About Avian Influenza