Parasites and Diseases
Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Alaska

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has been detected in wild birds and poultry across most of North America including Alaska. Additionally, red foxes and other mammalian scavengers are also contracting the virus and can become sick. Dogs and cats could become sick if they pick up dead birds in their mouth. Fortunately, this particular strain appears to be very low risk for people but with an abundance of caution, we are asking people not to pick up and send in dead birds. Please do call in your observations to Alaska Sick/Dead Bird Hotline: 1-866-527-3358 so any bird illnesses or mortalities can be tracked and a response team sent if necessary.