HOW AVIAN FLU AFFECTS DIFFERENT ANIMALS
Raptors: HIGH RISK
HPAI is very dangerous to raptors. They can become infected by feeding on sick or dead birds.
Waterfowl: CARRIER RISK
Waterfowl (e.g. ducks, geese, shorebirds) do not always have symptoms, but are the biggest spreaders of the virus. They migrate widely and can contaminate bodies of water.
Songbirds: Low Risk
The current HPAI strain does not affect songbirds. There is no need to take down bird feeders unless you also keep backyard poultry.
Humans: Low Risk
HPAI cases in humans are extremely rare and not severe.
Other Mammals: Low Risk
Other mammals like dogs, cats, and horses are also not at risk for HPAI.