March 16, 2022

ALERT: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza detected in Wild and Domestic Birds in Kansas in March 2022

Due to the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and the potential risks of spread, the Veterinary Health Center, or VHC, is implementing strict precautions to reduce the risk of exposure of other hospital patients to this contagious virus.

 

Current VHC Policy

No wildlife avian species will be admitted to the VHC at this time.

 

Contact State Officials with any Questions Regarding Wildlife

All wildlife should be left where it is found. Do not move sick wildlife from where it is found, if possible. In cases where leaving wildlife would be a danger to people or create a nuisance, please notify the game warden who is responsible for that county.

Game warden phone numbers are listed in the current Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) Hunting Regulations Summary. This can be found at fishing and hunting retailers or online at https://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Publications. Please identify and report the exact location, species, and description of the problem to the game warden.

Community members with questions about sick or injured wildlife can contact KDWP at 620-342-0658. Ask for Shane Hesting, Wildlife Disease Coordinator. Shane can also be emailed at shane.hesting@ks.gov if after hours or while fieldwork is being conducted.

Individuals who own poultry and are concerned that they may be showing symptoms associated with HPAI (sudden death, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and other signs of respiratory distress; lack of energy and appetite; decreased water consumption; decreased egg production and/or soft-shelled, misshapen eggs; incoordination; and diarrhea should consult their veterinarian and contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) at 833-765-2006.

 

Tips for protecting your small flock:

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Flyer (KDA)

 

Caution: Please Complete the Survey Below Before Visiting the VHC

In an effort to keep all VHC patients healthy, bird owners who have animals with health concerns are asked to complete a brief survey to determine suitability for VHC admission. The questions in the survey are listed below.

Q: Are your birds maintained indoors at all times?

  • If not, please describe your management

Q: Have your birds been exposed to wild waterfowl or wild waterfowl carcass parts and/or feathers/dander?

Q: Have your birds been exposed to unwashed waterfowl hunting clothes and/or uncleaned boots used during hunting?

Q: Do your birds have access to water bodies such as ponds, lakes, streams that are sometimes used by wild waterfowl?

Q: How many birds do you own?

Q: Do you own outdoor birds such as chickens, ducks, or other waterfowl?

Q: Are you a waterfowl hunter? (I think waterfowl is our main concern.)

  • If so, did you bring harvested light geese, e.g., snow goose, Ross’ goose, home after hunting?