Avian Influenza Information

Waterfowl at the edge of a lake in Iowa.

The Iowa DNR partners with producers and local, state, and federal agencies to plan for avian influenza outbreaks.  When an outbreak occurs in Iowa the impact can be felt locally, nationally and internationally.  The Iowa DNR develops plans to reduce impacts to wildlife, properly dispose of carcasses and protect Iowa’s natural resources during a response to an avian influenza outbreak.  

The recent highly-pathogenic avian influenza virus that emerged in the United States in December 2014 peaked in late spring/early summer of 2015 impacting primarily domestic poultry in 15 states.  The largest number of facilities impacted were in Minnesota (105 facilities).  However Iowa had the largest number of poultry euthanized (approximately 32 million).  The outbreak will be felt for several years as larger egg laying operations recover.  The Iowa DNR and several of its partner agencies are working with producer groups to be better prepared in the event a new outbreak occurs. 

While wild birds (mainly ducks, gulls and shorebirds) and domestic poultry are the most susceptible to the highly-pathogenic avian influenza virus, pet birds are also at risk of contracting avian influenza from direct contact between healthy birds and infected birds, and through indirect contact with contaminated equipment and materials.  

Key Partner Agencies:

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship   

Iowa Department of Public Health

USDA Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza Information
Status/Fact Sheets Planning Resources Precautions
National Wildlife Health Center - USGS

 Interactive Burial Zone Map

Recommendations for Hunters (USDA)
Avian Influenza - World Health Organization

 Composting of Poultry.pdf

ISU Avian Influenza Resources
 National Wildlife Health Center Field Manual - Avian Influenza