Bird Flu Information
About Bird Flu
Aug 8, 2006
Many people have questions about
the bird flu that has been covered in the media lately. Different
types of bird flu are common throughout the world, but this particular
strain of concern is known as the Asian strain of highly pathogenic
H5N1 Avian Influenza.
this type of Avian Influenza has not been detected in the United
States or anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. The virus does
not easily infect people and rarely spreads from human to human.
of this type of Avian Influenza have occurred in countries where
people have daily close contact with domestic poultry and poultry
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working with
other state and federal agencies to monitor the status of this virus
around the world and respond in the event that a case is detected
hunters and others who handle birds should continue to follow reasonable
safety recommendations for this virus and other diseases that affect
- Don’t harvest or handle birds that
are obviously sick, abnormally tame or found dead.
- Wear rubber gloves when cleaning game or
- Do not eat, drink or smoke when cleaning
game or bird feeders.
- Wash hands carefully with soap and water
or alcohol wipes immediately after handling game. Then disinfect
tools and work surfaces with a 10% chlorine bleach solution.
- Cook birds thoroughly to kill disease organisms
The most current information about this type of Avian
Influenza can be found at Web sites that are regularly monitored
and updated, including:
Arizona information about this type of Avian Influenza
is available by calling:
- Arizona Department of Health Services
(602) 364-4500 or (800) 314-9243
- Arizona Department of Agriculture
about highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza was prepared on 8/03/06.
Conditions surrounding this type of bird flu are frequently changing,
so please seek the most current information through updates on regularly
monitored Web sites, including the federal government’s www.pandemicflu.gov.