Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
H5N1, highly pathogenic avian influenza has caused infections in poultry in more than 50 countries since 2003 and is a severe threat to human and animal health. If the current H5N1 mutates into a strain which is easily transmitted from person to person, it could cause a global human influenza pandemic. Planning for the control of H5N1 in poultry and minimizing the potential of a pandemic influenza in people is essential for safeguarding human health, food production, and social stability. Biosecurity, surveillance, animal movement control, and producer and consumer education can be used to help control H5N1 avian influenza. Vaccination can also be used to control H5N1 avian influenza, however vaccination for this disease is more complex than for other poultry diseases.
The CFSPH has developed extensive resources on HPAI. Click on the left column to view each resource.