Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a serious disease and requires rapid response because it is highly contagious and often fatal to chickens. APHIS works with its federal, state, local and industry partners to quickly mobilize a response to any HPAI findings. The goal is to quickly contain and eradicate the disease, protecting our poultry industry, and in turn, the American consumer.
As leaders in animal health emergency management, we develop strategies and policies for effective incident management and help to coordinate incident response. As a liaison to outside emergency management groups, we ensure that Veterinary Services (VS) emergency management policies, strategies, and responses are consistent with national and international standards. APHIS has specific emergency response procedures in place for responding to HPAI.
If your farm is ever affected by HPAI, you’ll need to know what to expect during the response process. APHIS put together a series of materials to help you understand the steps we’ll take and your responsibilities at each stage.