Just saw this posted elsewhere and thought I would share. (Apologies to @kittydoc, I know you're the one that usually makes these posts.)
USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Birds in Kentucky
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 04/28/2015 02:10 PM EDT
CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015 -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in two wild birds, a goose and a duck, in McCracken County, Kentucky. These birds were found within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low. No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time.
The samples, taken from dead birds, were tested by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia and confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. NVSL is the only internationally recognized AI reference laboratory in the United States. The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.
Full Article: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/10192a7
The birds were apparently found dead in McCracken County, which borders Illinois. Still, way too close to home for some of you here. I'm printing some house rules for making contact with my hens that I will be strictly enforcing here and posting on all doors as a reminder, though we are largely biosecure as is. I think if it shows up much closer, the girls will be living inside their coop or the garage for a while... Such a shame when we're just getting some nice days and gradually warmer temps.
So I have a few questions!
1. Those of you that use Oxine, how much do you dilute it from its bottled form? How long must you wait after spraying it, if at all, to let birds into an area? Is it safe to be used around food and water sources? How do you use it for disinfecting clothes and shoes, besides having boot baths? I was thinking of keeping some diluted in a spray bottle to use, but I'm not sure how safe that would be, mainly if it gets in someone's eyes or something..?
2. Does anyone happen to know what symptoms Guinea fowl exhibit when infected? I'm keeping an eye out for any symptoms whatsoever in my birds, but I have no idea of what to look for in the Guineas. They are probably the least likely to be exposed to wild birds because they are in a fully enclosed aviary with a solid roof, but I want to know what to look for just to be safe.
3. And any suggestions for deterring wild birds? I'm mostly unconcerned because I don't often see wild birds in the chicken yard, just the occasional flyover. However, a female cowbird has recently taken up attacking her reflection in our windows, and she likes to perch on the netting over the duck yard between her attacks. I would rather not have to use deadly force, but will if there are no other suggestions.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
I didn't think the "wild bird" meant your typical robin, sparrow. .etc..but actual wild waterfowl. As expressed in the literature you posted referencing duck and goose.
If that's the case then I would expect it to be much worse.
I however have only read what has been shared here. I don't have the cycles to take the types of measures to be penning my entire flock and will just have to hope it passes with us being spared!