Avian Influenza (Flu)

The following materials were developed and shared by CAES Extension, and reproduced here to present a consistent and unified message.

Georgia Avian Influenza Hotline

To report a case or ask questions, contact the avian influenza hotline at the Georgia Department of Agriculture by calling 770-766-6850 or visiting the avian influenza hotline website.

Federal Resources

Currently, avian influenza (flu) is not a threat to human health or food safety in Georgia.

Avian influenza poses risk to all poultry operations, from backyard flocks to the state’s $22.8 billion commercial industry. The key to preventing the spread of the disease is biosecurity. All bird owners should take measures to prevent the exposure of flocks to avian flu.

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Watch for the following symptoms in your flock:

  • Purple discoloration of wattles and combs
  • Swelling around the head and neck
  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lethargy
  • Sudden death without clinical signs
  • Purple discoloration of the legs
  • Watery or green diarrhea