Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study


Date of this Version

October 2005


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H5N1 Influenza Virus in Wild Birds: A Fact Sheet
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus H5N1 and Wild Birds
What are avian influenza viruses?
What is a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus?
What is “Bird Flu” and what is “HPAI H5N1”?
What do we know about avian influenza viruses in wild birds?
Do we have HPAI H5N1 in North America?
Is there currently a public health risk associated with HPAI H5N1 in wild birds?
Is there a domestic animal health risk associated with HPAI in wild birds?
What is the possibility of HPAI H5N1 entering North America via migratory wild birds?
What is the possibility of this virus being maintained in wild bird populations?
Do we have surveillance for HPAI H5N1 in the United States?
Additional information on HPAI can be found at these websites:

The recognized geographic and species distribution of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has expanded since early September 2005 to include Hampshire County in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia
National Fish and Wildlife Health Initiative Guiding Principles
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus was isolated from seven white-tailed deer in southwestern Michigan during September 2005
During the past summer, more than 500 head of livestock in North Dakota and South Dakota were lost to one of the largest recorded anthrax outbreaks in U.S. history. Most of the losses were in cattle, but horses, bison, and farm-reared elk also were affected.
Dr. John Fischer, Director of SCWDS, has received this year’s Special Recognition Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA).
Dr. William Randolph Davidson is retiring in November 2005.