October 31, 2022

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Update

(KDA) As expected, fall has brought a resurgence of highly pathogenic avian influenza nationwide. Kansas has now identified HPAI in several counties.

If there are concerns about an injured or sick wild bird, the VHC is here to help. If you have concerns or questions about moving a sick or injured bird, the local game warden may also be able to assist. 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. Please identify and report the exact location, species, and description of the problem to the game warden.

For Wildlife Birds

Community members with questions about sick or injured wildlife are also welcome to contact Shane Hesting, KDWP Wildlife Disease Coordinator by email at shane.hesting@ks.gov.

For Privately Owned Birds

Individuals who own poultry and are concerned that they may be showing symptoms associated with HPAI such as 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 the VHC and contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) at 833-765-2006 or KDA.HPAI@ks.gov.


Tips for protecting your small flock:

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Flyer (KDA)