Backyard, non-commercial poultry production has become increasingly popular in the past decade, but with it comes the need to practice biosecurity to prevent unwanted diseases occurring in the flock. Photo by Todd Johnson/Oklahoma State University.
Backyard, non-commercial poultry production has become increasingly popular in the past decade, but with it comes the need to practice biosecurity to prevent unwanted diseases occurring in the flock.

N&H TOPLINE: Small flock biosecurity important to protect against avian flu

University of California surveying commercial and backyard poultry producers about biosecurity related to avian influenza.

While the 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) became the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history, vigilance is still needed, especially with outdoor poultry.

In January 2016, an HPAI outbreak of the H7N8 virus was reported in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Ind. No other outbreaks in the U.S. have been detected in domesticated birds since that time.

“Currently, Europe and Asia are having a tremendous problem with avian influ

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