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Samples for AI testing will be tested by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory system. Please refer to the Lab User Guide for sample information. If necessary, further testing will be conducted at the National Veternary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
- Collecting and Submitting Oropharyngeal Swabs for AIV PCR Step-by-step guide
- USDA Avian influenza testing and diagnostics Fact Sheet
If highly pathogenic avian influenza is suspected, pertinent information should be immediately reported by telephone to NCDA&CS, Animal Health Programs at 919-733-7601. In accordance with N.C. statute 02 NCAC 52C .0603, all persons practicing veterinary medicine in North Carolina shall report to the State Veterinarian's office by telephone within two hours after the disease is reasonably suspected to exist.
If you notice any of the following in your flock, a report should be made immediately:
- Unusual or high death loss
- Influenza-like signs such as nasal secretions, puffy eyes, ruffled feathers or a drop in egg production
- Loss of appetite with decreased food and water consumption
- Paralysis and other nervous signs
- Lack of vocalization