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Bird Flu and Agriculture in Tennessee

RoosterBird flu, or avian influenza is a virus that affects bird populations.  There are many different strains of bird flu that cause varying degrees of illness in birds. The most common types of bird flu are routinely detected in wild birds and cause little concern. Highly pathogenic strains of bird flu are of greater concern because they are easily spread among birds and are typically deadly to some bird species, especially poultry.

Reporting Sick or Dead Farm Birds

If domestic poultry or other farm birds exhibit signs of bird flu (ranging from sneezing, coughing and ruffled feathers to sudden and high numbers of bird losses), bird owners should consult their local veterinary professional and notify state or federal animal health officials. Nationally, sick or dead farm birds can be reported to USDA toll-free at 1-866-536-7593, or in Tennessee, contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at 615-837-5120.