Avian Influenza

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported that between December 2014 and July 2015 the avian influenza (HPAI) H5 outbreak affected over 48 million birds in the US. The virus is spread through contact with fecal droppings, saliva and nasal discharges of infected birds.

Additional resources are located below the Fact Sheet.

                                                                   (this version of Avian Influenza fact sheet featured was updated July 20. 2015)

AgriSafe Network, in collaboration with three NIOSH Agricultural Centers produced a resource outlining personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for poultry producers and workers among impacted facilities.


Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health 




Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health 


Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center



                                               ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES
Occupational Health Resources       
CDC Information on Avian InfluenzaUSDA Avian Influenza Information       
Avian Influenza in HumansNIOSH Alert - Protecting Poultry Workers from Avian Influenza    

H5 Viruses in the United StatesTransmission of Avian Influenza A Between Animals and Humans

General Information    

NIOSH Avian Influenza Resource PageAvian Influenza in Birds

Stress and Mental Health Resources    
Disaster Distress Hotline    

Preparing for Avian Flu - American Psychological AssociationUniversity of Minnesota - The Human Side of Avian InfluenzaISU Extension and Outreach Provides Resources on Human Impact of Avian Influenza

State Departments of Public Health    
Iowa Department of Public Health       
Minnesota Department of Public HealthNebraska Department of Public Health