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
Key Partner Agencies:
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Iowa Department of Public Health
USDA Avian Influenza