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Join a Free Webinar on February 25 to Learn How Avian Influenza Affects Us All

Webinar is Part of Annual Bird Health Awareness Week

Bird Health Awareness Week

Contact: Joelle Hayden
Phone: 301-851-4040

Washington, D.C., February 19, 2021 -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites you to join poultry health experts for a webinar on Thursday, February 25. As part of Bird Health Awareness Week, several poultry experts from across the country will host a discussion about what avian influenza is, how it impacts different segments of the poultry industry and the surrounding communities, and how to prevent the disease from affecting our Nation’s flocks.

From December 2014 through June 2015, the U.S endured its largest animal health emergency to date, with more than 200 commercial and backyard premises affected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across the country, and leading to the death of over 50 million birds. Recently, cases of HPAI were confirmed in Europe, Asia and Africa, and many poultry owners and producers are concerned and want to take steps to protect their flocks.

The “Defend The Flock: How Avian Influenza Affects Us All” webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25 from 2:30-3:30 PM EST. Register for this FREE webinar today at

If you don’t already follow APHIS’ Defend the Flock campaign on social media, check out our Twitter and Facebook during Bird Health Awareness Week (February 22-26) to get daily tips and resources you can use to protect your flock’s health.

To get biosecurity updates and information twice a year, sign up to receive the Defend the Flock e-Newsletter. The next issue is due out this summer. Select “Defend the Flock e-Newsletter” under Veterinary Services at

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