Parasites and Diseases
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alaska
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected in wild birds and poultry across most of North America including Alaska. Additionally, red foxes and other mammalian scavengers are also contracting the virus and can become sick. Dogs and cats could become sick if they pick up dead birds in their mouth. Fortunately, this particular strain appears to be very low risk for people but with an abundance of caution, we are asking people not to pick up and send in dead birds. Please do call in your observations to Alaska Sick/Dead Bird Hotline: 1-866-527-3358 so any bird illnesses or mortalities can be tracked and a response team sent if necessary.
- Information on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Migratory Birds in Alaska
- First detection of HPAI in a red fox in Alaska
- Alaska's detections and more information specific to Alaska see the Office of the State Veterinarians website. On that page you will see a link to Confirmations of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alaska.
- Information regarding steps hunters can take to reduce the risk of HPAI to human and domestic animal health
- Information on the species, location, and health status of wild birds sampled in the U.S. from which HPAI detections have been made
- Information on the distribution of HPAI in wild birds in Canada and species affected
- Information regarding human health and safety on account of HPAI in wild or domestic birds
- Alaska Division of Public Health Bird Flu information
- CDC Bird Flu Guidance
- 2021 NWHC Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) morbidity/mortality surveillance guidance (PDF 148 kB)
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Migratory Birds in Alaska Flyer (PDF 453 kB)
- Hunters — Protect Your Poultry and Pet Birds From Avian Influenza (PDF 128 kB)
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Fact Sheet (PDF 79 kB)