Avian Influenza detected in additional counties- Quick Links to HPAI Information in Washington/ Two new counties will be announced today

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Mikulak, Kathryn

May 13, 2022, 6:55:03 PM5/13/22
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May 13, 2022   |   Contact:  State Veterinarian (360) 902-1878


Quick Links to HPAI Information in Washington

Dr. Amber Itle Washington State Veterinarian


Good morning!  With an all hands on deck response effort at WSDA to contain HPAI, I’m having trouble getting these emails out to you all in a timely way.  Please regularly check these resources for up to date information.  You can join our WSDA bird flu Facebook group, watch pre-recorded you tube videos, monitor our bird flu website and check our WSDA new release website for information about detections in new counties, as well as any guidance about shows and fairs. Please distribute widely.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Responses may be delayed, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.      


Washington Bird Flu Updates 2022 | Facebook

WA State Veterinarian Bird Flu Q and A

WSDA News Releases-

2022 Washington Bird Flu Detections

2022 Confirmations of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Commercial and Backyard Flocks

2022 Detections of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Wild Birds





Guidance for Veterinarians

Dr. Amber Itle Washington State Veterinarian

I have had several veterinarians reach out to me to ask about what to do about clients with sick birds and what precautions should be taken.  At this point, I would focus more on getting a full history.  We are most interested in morbidity and mortality rates on farm.  Usually avian influenza doesn’t present as a single bird illness or single bird death.  If your client is reporting a mass morbidity or mortality event, we would recommend you refer them to us.  If it’s a single bird, take biosecurity precautions, but you can still see those birds.

Prior to scheduling the appointment, please collect this minimal information to make that determination:


  1. How many birds do you have?
  2. How many sick/ dead? (if 25% or more, call us!)
  3. Do you also have waterfowl (geese/ducks)
  4. Do you co-house waterfowl with chickens/ turkeys?
  5. Do your chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl have contact with wild waterfowl, ponds or outdoor access?
  6. Do more than one bird have respiratory signs, discolored combs, depression?
  7. Have you brought new birds into the flock lately?  If so, what and when?   


Currently, we are following up on a large volume of sick bird calls in the state.  For flocks with low morbidity, we are asking them to work with their private vet, send a carcass to WSU WADDL for necropsy and to observe biosecurity.  Consider all the risk factors and if you are concerned about what you are hearing, call us and we can advise. 

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Amber J Itle VMD MS  |  Washington State Veterinarian

Washington State Department of Agriculture

360 961-4129 | agr.wa.gov




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