Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Call Lines/Reporting

Report sick or dead domestic/owner poultry to: The Illinois Department of Agriculture at 217-782-4944 or USDA APHIS Veterinary Services at 1-866-536-7593 

Report sick or dead wild birds (5 or more) to: your local IDNR District Wildlife Biologist or USDA Wildlife Services at 1-866-487-3297

Affected Counties

Date of Results County Type
3/11/2022McLeanBackyard Producer
3/31/2022CarrollBackyard Producer
5/3/2022KaneBackyard Producer
5/17/2022BooneBackyard Producer



Illinois State Fair Cancels Live Poultry Shows to Protect From Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza June 16, 2022

Illinois State Fair and 4-H County Fair Poultry Shows Offer Virtual Opportunities for Youth


April 5, 2022 - IDOA Takes an Additional Step to Protect Poultry Flocks 

Live bird exhibitions and sales canceled due to highly pathogenic avian influenza

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced today that it has filed emergency rules prohibiting the sale or exhibiting of poultry and poultry products at swap meets, exhibitions, flea markets, and auction markets in Illinois to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

The Department's emergency rules take effect immediately and may be effective for up to 150 days. However, after 45 days, the Department will reevaluate based on the avian flu status at the time and may repeal the emergency rules at that point. If the situation requires further cancellation, the Department will continue to evaluate in 45-day increments for up to 150 days.

"Protecting animal health in the state of Illinois remains our number one priority," said Dr. Mark Ernst, IDOA State Veterinarian. "We are optimistic that as the migratory bird season comes to an end, we will see a decrease in exposure for our flocks here in Illinois and our neighboring states, and be able to resume our poultry exhibitions and sales. Until that time, it is essential that we take every step possible to protect poultry flocks in Illinois."

"The decision by IDOA to cancel poultry related events is an appropriate one. The High Pathogenic Avian Influenza disease, or HPAI, is a very serious one that affects all types of poultry such as laying hens, broilers, and turkeys, as well as waterfowl and gamebirds," said Dr. Kenneth W. Koelkebeck, Professor of Animal Sciences and Extension Specialist in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. "HPAI, has been detected in commercial and small flock poultry and gamebird operations in about one-half of the states in the U.S. Because of this, it is imperative for poultry producers to step up their biosecurity measures to reduce the possibility of their birds contracting HPAI on their farms." 

March 14, 2022  Avian Influenza Confirmed in Illinois Backyard Poultry

SPRINGFIELD, IL- The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Mclean County, Illinois. Anyone that owns birds or is involved with poultry production, whether on a small or commercial level, should be aware of this finding and take precautions to protect their flock. 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is working closely with APHIS on a joint incident response. IDOA quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the properties will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flocks will not enter the food system. 

"Producers and owners should review their biosecurity plans and prevent contact with wild birds and their droppings," said Dr. Mark Ernst, IDOA State Veterinarian. "IDOA also strongly encourages all producers to keep birds indoors when possible."

Avian Influenza Information and Resources

Report any unusual illness, increased death loss, or significant decrease in water or feed consumption to the Illinois Department of Agriculture at 217-782-4944 or USDA APHIS Veterinary Services at 1-866-536-7593  . 

To ensure direct notification and information during disease outbreaksregister your livestock premises now.  The form to register can be found on the Animal Disease Traceability Page or access it directly by using the Premises Registration Form

Food Safety and Human Health

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections do not present an immediate public health concern.  No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.  As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.

Farm and Rural Stress

The agricultural industry faces unique pressures. As the business owner of a 24/7 operation whose home is the office and family and friends are often the employees, the responsibilities run deep.  Emotional health is often the last thing to be addressed during times of adversity. The Illinois Department of Agriculture, SIU School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD) and the University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to build a network of support and resources for Illinois farm families.  

Everyone needs someone to talk to.  Producers who need assistance can receive free, confidential support by calling or texting 1-833-FARM-SOS (833-327-6767) or emailing FarmFamilyResourceHelpline@mhsil.com. You can also visit the SIU Farm Family Resource Initiative website HERE

Are you a veterinarian?  If you are licensed veterinarian in Illinois and provide medical services to chickens and/or other avian species such as turkeys, waterfowl and gamebirds please take a survey developed by Illinois USDA APHIS Veterinary Services and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  Information from the survey will be used to determine the needs of poultry flocks in Illinois and outreach needs to increase interest in poultry medicine. Take the survey HERE