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Avian Influenza

Avian fluScientific name: Orthomyxoviridae, Influenza Type A (CABI)

Common names: Highly pathogenic avian influenza, fowl plague

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Native To: First noted in Italy in 1878 (Global Invasive Species Database 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction: n/a

Means of Introduction: Projected to arrive in the U.S. in migratory birds or through poultry imports (Global Invasive Species Database 2005)

Impact: Infects poultry, waterfowl, and some mammals (including humans) (CABI)

Current U.S. Distribution: Not currently established in the U.S.

Global Distribution:



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Invasive Species Compendium - Avian Influenza
CAB International.

Avian Influenza
UN. FAO. Animal Production and Health Division.

Avian and Other Zoonotic Influenza
UN. World Health Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Avian Influenza Virus (micro-organism)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Avian Influenza Portal
World Organisation for Animal Health.

Federal Government

Information on Avian Influenza
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Information for hunters, bird Watchers, and backyard naturalists about highly pathogenic avian influenza

Disease Information - Avian Influenza
DOI. USGS. National Wildlife Health Center.

Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases: General Field Procedures and Diseases of Birds - Viral Diseases: Chapter 22 - Avian Influenza (1999; PDF | 410 KB)
DOI. USGS. National Wildlife Health Center.
See also: The complete field manual (Information and Technology Report 1999-001), a revised and expanded version of the 1988 Volume 1, Field Guide to Wildlife Diseases

Avian Influenza
U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Avian Influenza
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Avian Health - Avian Influenza Disease
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Avian Influenza Action Group
United States Department of State.

International Government

Notifiable Diseases - Avian Influenza (bird flu)
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.

State Government

Michigan Emerging Disease Issues - Avian Influenza
State of Michigan.

Animal Diseases - Avian Influenza
New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) - Frequently Asked Questions About Bird Flu
New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Wildlife-Related Diseases - Avian Influenza
Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Provides facts about bird flu and wild birds, answers to common questions and links to more detailed information

Avian Influenza and Wild Birds
Utah Department of Natural Resources. Division of Wildlife Resources.

Wildlife Diseases - Avian Influenza
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Provides guidelines for hunters and individuals finding dead birds


EDIS - Avian Influenza in Poultry
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #PS38

Animal Disease Information - Avian Influenza
Iowa State University. Center for Food Security and Public Health.

Avian Influenza: An Internal Report for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (Feb 2006)
Ohio State University. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


Avian Influenza - Frequently Asked Questions
American Veterinary Medicine Association.


CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Avian influenza. CAB International. [Accessed Apr 4, 2015].

Global Invasive Species Database. 2005. Avian Influenza Virus (micro-organism). Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

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Last Modified: May 11, 2017
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