State Veterinarian Doug Meckes issued a memo this week regarding the outbreak and warned that North Carolina flocks may be at risk. Epidemiological reports point to migratory birds as the carriers of the virus. Any birds that have access to the outside are potentially at risk, as they can come into contact with droppings from wild birds. There are a number of precautions that backyard and small flock owners can take to mitigate the risk. The Veterinary Division is reaching out to backyard breeders, small flock owners and specialty collections to make them aware of the dangers of having birds outside. Commercial flocks are also at risk, though it is a smaller risk than the outdoor flocks.
By law, any suspected case of avian influenza should be reported to the Office of the State Veterinarian immediately. Bird owners can also contact the division for help with biosecurity plans or other concerns at 919-733-7601.