Posted 11/6/23

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Marshall County, Alabama.

It was found in a commercial pullet farm according to a news release from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The impacted property, which has not been publicly identified has been quarantined. The state said all birds on the property, about 47,900, were put down to prevent the spread of the disease.

Last week, a commercial upland gamebird farm in Chilton County also tested positive. All poultry on this premise will be depopulated by week’s end, a total of 296,500 birds.

As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners are working on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flocks.

People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands and change clothing before having any contact with poultry and wild birds.

To Report sick or dead wild or domestic birds to the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at 334-243469, or the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Poultry Unit at 334-240-6584.