• Mississippi currently does not have any birds testing positive for Avian Influenza (HPAI).
  • There is no immediate public health concern as no human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.
  • It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry products, including meat and eggs.
  • The Mississippi Board of Animal Health has a statewide surveillance program for Avian Influenza within the commercial poultry industry. This, in addition to the inspection of poultry prior to being processed, has helped assure the safety and quality of chicken raised in Mississippi.
  • The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world.
  • Report unusual signs of disease or unexpected backyard bird deaths to state officials through the Mississippi Animal Disaster Hotline at 1-888-722-3106. Death of wild birds should be reported through the Wildlife Health Event Reporter at http://whmn.org/wher/.