Latest High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI, Bird Flu) Update & Resources for Backyard Flock Owners

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CONTACT: Heather Overton, assistant director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division

Poultry shows and public sales suspended until further notice due to
High Path Avian Influenza
Poultry owners urged to keep birds indoors and report sick birds

RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Mike Martin announced today that all North Carolina poultry shows, and public sales will be suspended due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. This includes all exhibitions, farm tours, shows, sales, flea markets, auction markets, swaps and meets pertaining to poultry and feathered fowl in North Carolina. These activities are suspended until further notice.

“This suspension is due to the continued spread of HPAI that has affected commercial and backyard flocks in numerous states, including North Carolina,” said Martin. “We do not make this decision lightly. HPAI is a serious threat to our poultry industry and this is a precaution to help limit the introduction of the virus to backyard and commercial flocks.”

North Carolina joins several other states, including Georgia, that have also cancelled or altered poultry events due to HPAI. Poultry owners across the state need to practice strict biosecurity. This includes keeping flocks indoors without access to outside and reporting sick birds to your local veterinarian, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division, 919-707-3250, or the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System 919-733-3986.

The warning signs of HPAI include:

  • Reduced energy, decreased appetite, and/or decreased activity
  • Lower egg production and/or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
  • Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb and wattles
  • Purple discoloration of the wattles, comb and legs
  • Difficulty breathing, runny nares (nose), and/or sneezing
  • Twisting of the head and neck, stumbling, falling down, tremors and/or circling
  • Greenish diarrhea

Since March 29, HPAI has been detected at seven commercial poultry facilities in Johnston and Wayne counties. More than 90,000 turkeys and more than 280,000 broilers have been depopulated and composted on-site to prevent further spread of the virus. Additional updates to the current HPAI outbreak will be posted to

This type of HPAI virus is considered a low risk to people according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. There are no cases to date of this strain of HPAI infecting a person. The virus is also not considered a food safety threat and infected birds do not enter the food supply. All properly cooked poultry products are safe to consume.

More information about High Path Avian Influenza is online at

chickens in coop

Written by Jonas Asbill, Area Specialized Poultry Agent on February 7, 2022:
Producers, both big and small, should continue to practice proper biosecurity protocols to keep domestic flocks away from wild birds, waterfowl, and any areas frequented by migratory birds. The current recommendation from NCDA is to keep all flocks in an enclosed area, whether that be inside a coop/run or a chicken tractor. The main point here is that they do not need to have free access to the outdoors in a way that is not protected. HPAI will wipe out an entire flock when infected and is a huge threat to both the small producers and commercial poultry industry as well. If there is a concern that a flock may have symptoms of HPAI, please utilize the NCDA Animal Diagnostic Lab. Lab Locations and information can be found here: Facilities Directory
Other things to consider at this time:
– limit visitors to flocks
– if your chicken coop/run has an open or screened top, cover with metal or plastic to prevent wild bird droppings from falling into bird area
– remove wild bird feeders or distance them from any backyard flocks as much as possible
– provide “enrichment” if your birds are more confined than usual to help prevent birds from pecking one another
Bird Flu Information