Information about avian flu

What is avian influenza?

Avian influenza, also known as the bird flu, is a highly contagious virus that infects wild and domestic birds. It’s typically spread by wild birds during seasonal migrations.

What is the Oregon Zoo doing to keep birds safe?

In August, we temporarily moved some birds to indoor areas to prevent contact with migrating waterfowl. Veterinary staff and wildlife authorities have since approved their return to outdoor habitats with certain precautions. Because the disease can be tracked on shoes, we have installed sanitizing foot-bath pads around all our aviaries and other areas housing birds. We are asking all guests and staff to use these pads as a precaution to help protect birds at the zoo, at home and in the wild.

Are people at risk from avian flu?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the risk to the general public is considered to be very low, and advises people to avoid direct contact with birds and their waste in order to stay healthy.

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