PA Department Of Agriculture Confirms First Case Of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza In Lancaster County

No Public Health Risk For Pennsylvanians


LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service has detected highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses in a commercial poultry flock in East Donegal Township, Lancaster County. 

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners support the farmers and farms that have been impacted by HPAI. Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency is working to support the Federal and State partners in their joint incident response. HPAI does not present an immediate public health concern to humans. 

HPAI is an extremely infectious and fatal form of the disease for chickens. We encourage all kinds of bird owners to practice good biosecurity and increase surveillance of flock health to protect their birds. For assistance in creating a biosecurity plan for your facility please go to The Penn State University Extension site or the PA Department of Agriculture site.

If you suspect your flock has been exposed to the HPAI virus, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 717‐772‐2852.

HPAI can be devastating to the agriculture and farming community. The threat of HPAI may be stress inducing. Penn State Extension is also bringing awareness of mental health concerns in the agriculture community. For more information, please look at the Penn State Extensions resources below:


Additional Bird Flu Information and Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture US Department of Agriculture Centers for Disease Control Penn State University Extension 



Penn State University Extension Additional Information and Resources
Information: Avian Influenza
  Information: Penn State Extension Resource Information 
  Information: You can help a farmer in crisis
  Information: Weathering the storm
  Webinar: Communicating with Farmers Under Stress
  Webinar: Mental Health and Stress for Agricultural Producers
  Webinar: Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset 

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