Wildlife biologists from federal and state agencies in Alaska are working together and performing surveillance testing. They are focusing on sampling birds involved in morbidity and mortality events now but will be sampling healthy wild waterfowl populations as well. The Alaska State Veterinarian's Office is coordinating the surveillance for domestic poultry and captive bird populations (zoos, exhibits, wild bird rehabilitation centers). From all the testing that was done since the original concern for AI (H5N1) coming to Alaska from Asia in 2005, no highly pathogenic AI has been found in Alaska. This year we are anticipating that the virus may enter the state with the return of the migratory waterfowl.

If there are any detections, the State of Alaska and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have response plans that involve the collaboration among state and federal animal heath, wildlife health and public health agencies. There will be public announcements so that we can keep everyone informed and be able to respond to reports of sick or dead birds from the public.

If you encounter 10 or more wild birds that appear sick, are acting abnormally or are dead, you should contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (907) 328-8354, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(866) 527-3358, or the Office of the State Veterinarian at (907) 375-8215.

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