Avian Influenza

Status  of  Avian  Influenza  in  Mississippi

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Mississippi currently does not have any commercial or backyard birds testing positive for avian influenza.

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2022 HPAI

2022 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza data. (USDA)


Permits are required for moving birds into the state of Mississippi.

Disease Basics



Avian influenza (AI), also known as “bird flu,” is a viral disease affecting birds.


AI viruses are divided into two groups—highly pathogenic (HPAI) and low pathogenic (LPAI)—based on the ability of the virus to produce disease and the severity of illness it can cause.


No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally, and there is no immediate public health concern.


The virus infects domestic poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, quail, and geese, and wild birds, such as shorebirds and waterfowl.


HPAI spreads rapidly and has a high death rate in birds. LPAI causes only minor illness and occurs naturally in migratory waterfowl. The concern is that some LPAI virus strains are capable of mutating into HPAI viruses.


It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry products, including meat and eggs. Even if poultry and eggs were to be contaminated with the virus, proper cooking would kill it.

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Jackson, MS 39201

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Jackson, MS 39207

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