Animal Health

HPAI Risk Assessment for Maine Flocks

Last updated: November 22Flocks, backyard flocks and avian influenza current risk is at a high level.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a highly contagious virus that can be spread in various ways from flock to flock, including through wild birds, contact with infected poultry, equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Starting in February 2022, DACF reported detecting 14 cases of the disease in domestic birds, all involving non-commercial backyard flocks. Animal Health officials remind Maine’s commercial and backyard flock owners to keep birds indoors to prevent the spread of HPAI. Receive DACF updates and alerts regarding the status of avian influenza in Maine by opting into the Avian Influenza email list.

The goal of Animal Health, a unit of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, is to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases among poultry and livestock, promote public health and food safety as it relates to zoonotic disease, to enhance the quality and health of livestock, and to maintain fair practices in the buying and selling of poultry and livestock.

Our objective is disease control through regulation and education. We ensure the health of animals to ensure the public health. We provide technical assistance and law enforcement to control livestock and poultry diseases. Enforcement of permit regulations, prompt diagnosis of disease, surveillance testing programs, a reportable disease list, the accreditation of veterinarians, licensed livestock and poultry dealers and auction sales are key activities. The movement of livestock and pets entering Maine is regulated.

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Carolyn Hurwitz, Asst. State Veterinarian carolyn.hurwitz@maine.gov 207-592-6698
Rachael Fiske, Asst. State Veterinarian rachael.fiske@maine.gov 207-592-3608
Donna Flint, Poultry Health Technician donna.flint@maine.gov 207-557-4623
Mark Hedrich, Nutrient Management Program mark.hedrich@maine.gov 207-287-7608
Matt Randall, Ag. Compliance Program matthew.randall@maine.gov 207-557-0252
Carol Delaney, Livestock Specialist carol.delaney@maine.gov

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