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The Human Side of Avian Influenza

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Finding Answers Now

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has devastated farms throughout the Midwest and across the country. Even if you do not work on a farm or poultry production facility, you may be wondering how you, your family, and your community will be affected by this latest outbreak. Get answers to you questions now with this resources.

In Minnesota | In Iowa | In South Dakota

In Minnesota

The Human Side of Avian Influenza (15:03) — Get an overview of the true impact of the AI outbreak in Minnesota. Presentation by Pauline van Nurden, Extension Educator — Ag Business Management. Presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Avian Influenza — Current answers to frequently asked questions regarding this disease and the impacts of it in Minnesota and beyond.

Agriculture Business Management News: Avian Influenza — See blog posts related to avian influenza from the UMN Extension team.

Avian InfluenzaMinnesota Board of Animal Health — Information about hotlines for farmers and producers, permits, affected areas in Minnesota, and more

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Hotline — Get answers to biosecurity questions related to avian influenza by calling 1-888-702-9963.

Avian Flu OutbreakUpper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, University of Minnesota — Health resources for producers, workers, and families impacted by the avian flu outbreak.

Farm Information Line — Get reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture and natural resources experts. Call 1-800-232-9077 or email

Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network (MFAN)Minnesota Department of Agriculture — MFAN provides business and financial guidance at no cost to Minnesota farmers and farm families facing economic hardship. Call them at 1-877-898-MFAN (6326) or send an email to

AnswerLine — Get reliable, research-based answers to everyday consumer questions. In Minnesota, call 1-800-854-1678 or email

Resource List for Consumers — A tool to help you identify and locate information and services to make informed decisions, take positive action, and create significant outcomes in your life. (Most resources apply to Minnesota audiences only.)

In Iowa

Biosecurity for Birds: Q&AAnimal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), United States Department of Agriculture — Get answers to the most common questions about bird health.

Avian InfluenzaIowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) — Find avian flu-related contact information, reported cases of the outbreak in Iowa, and more.

AnswerLine — Get reliable, research-based answers to everyday consumer questions. In Iowa, call 1-800-262-3804 or email

Iowa Concern — A source of help and information for Iowans in need. Ask questions about legal issues, finances, caring for yourself and others, and more by calling 1-800-447-1985 or visiting the website.

In South Dakota

Avian InfluenzaSouth Dakota Game, Fish & Parks — Get background on avian influenza, reported cases in South Dakota, and the outbreak’s effects on game.

AnswerLine — Get reliable, research-based answers to everyday consumer questions. In South Dakota, call 1-888-393-6336 or email

Related Resources

Avian Influenza A Virus Infections in HumansCenters for Disease Control and Prevention — Although the avian flu does not usually infect humans, rare cases of infection have been reported from those with close contact with infected birds.

Avian Influenza Home PageeXtension — Provides links to information related to avian influenza.

Avian InfluenzaUnited States Department of Agriculture — Find links to resources such as brochures, posters, audio clips, and more.

Supporting Farm Families — Provides resources for families working in agriculture who are facing challenges. — The official benefits website of the U.S. government provides easily accessible information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.

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