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The Centers for Disease Control says that avian influenza poses a low risk in humans. However, working directly with poultry increases your risk of exposure to the virus.
All commercial poultry premises that raise 100,000 or more broilers annually for meat, raise 30,000 turkeys or more annually for meat, have 75,000 or more table egg layers, raise 25,000 or more ‘for release’ upland game birds annually, and/or raise 25,000 or more waterfowl birds annually must follow the NPIP Program Standards for Biosecurity Audits to be eligible for indemnity or compensation by the USDA. Biosecurity plans are audited by the NC NPIP Official State Agent at least once every two years. If a commercial farm is operating under a commercial integrator’s biosecurity program, they should be following the approved plan consistently.
Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Plan
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response Plan: The Red Book
- Producer Information Sheet: Emergency Response Procedures: Cleaning & Disinfection
- Producer Information Sheet: Emergency Response Procedures: Depopulation & Disposal
- Producer Information Sheet: USDA Avian Influenza Response - Mass Depopulation and Carcass Disposal
- Producer Information Sheet: Emergency Response Procedures: Appraisal and Indemnity
- Producer Information Sheet: Questions and Answers - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality