Status of Avian Influenza in Mississippi
Mississippi currently does not have any commercial or backyard birds testing positive for avian influenza.
If you suspect a problem, say something immediately.
2022 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza data. (USDA)
Permits are required for moving birds into the state of Mississippi.
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.
Hot line: 1-888-646-8731
Mississippi Board of Animal Health
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39201
P O Box 3889
Jackson, MS 39207