Anyone who comes into contact with birds should be aware that avian influenza cases are on the rise in Illinois and around the Midwest.
What is avian flu?
Avian influenza is a highly contagious virus that spreads naturally among wild birds, sometimes without causing illness. However, avian influenza can infect domestic poultry with devastating effects. Some so-called highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza may cause severe disease and high mortality in domestic birds like chickens and turkeys.