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Iowa State Veterinarian Stresses Continuous Biosecurity to Shield Poultry from Avian Influenza

Veterinarian in sterile clothing controlling chicken health at modern poultry farm.

In a recent interview, Iowa’s state veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Kaisand, emphasised the critical nature of biosecurity in commercial poultry operations to prevent the incursion of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) into flocks.

Dr. Kaisand highlighted that biosecurity is a continuous effort, requiring vigilance every hour of every day, which can be challenging to maintain consistently.

To mitigate the risk of HPAI, Dr. Kaisand outlined several key biosecurity measures. These include maintaining bird netting on buildings, ensuring strict hygiene protocols such as showering before entering or leaving a facility, changing clothes, and the thorough washing or disinfecting of boots.

Additionally, he pointed out the importance of promptly cleaning up any feed spills to avoid attracting wild birds, which are potential carriers of the disease.

The enforcement of these biosecurity steps is essential to limit contact with wild bird populations and safeguard poultry flocks against HPAI.