April 17, 2017
Alabama Department of Ag & Industries
After weeks of extensive testing of both commercial and backyard flocks within surveillance zones established in Alabama, there has been no new detection of avian influenza. Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) Commissioner John McMillan in consultation with State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier officially rescinded the Order Prohibiting Poultry Exhibitions and the Assembly of Poultry to be Sold in Alabama as of Friday, April 14.
All poultry exhibitions, sales at fairs, festivals, swap meets, exotic sales and live bird markets, flea markets and auctions are allowed to resume normal operating routines.
“We are quite confident the avian influenza threat is over. We are in the recovery phase at this time and are working to enhance our response capabilities should we face another outbreak in the future,” Dr. Frazier said.
Commissioner McMillan said, “We appreciate the cooperation of commercial poultry producers, backyard flock owners, industry representatives, department staff members, USDA personnel and so many others who went above and beyond. This situation was handled with professionalism and great dedication to the betterment of poultry in Alabama.”
Even though the disease threat has diminished, Dr. Frazier encourages commercial poultry producers and backyard flock owners to observe their birds closely and to vigilantly practice strict biosecurity measures. These include:
- Isolating poultry from other animals
- Wearing clothing designated for use only at the poultry house
- Minimizing access to people and sanitized equipment
- Keeping the area around the poultry buildings clean and uninviting to wild birds and animals
- Sanitizing the facility between flocks
- Cleaning equipment entering and leaving the farm
- Having an all-in, all-out policy regarding placement and removal of poultry
- Properly disposing of bedding material and mortalities
- Avoiding contact with migratory waterfowl
Dr. Frazier reminds all poultry owners and producers to strictly adhere to the biosecurity guidelines mentioned above. The ADAI Poultry Division is available to answer questions concerning poultry and should be notified at 334-240-6584. Producers may also contact the USDA at 866-536-7593 if birds show unusual signs of disease (flu-like symptoms) or flocks experience unexplained mortalities.