Gerlach to give update on avian influenza in Alaska

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Avian influenza is still in Alaska and state veterinarian Bob Gerlach will discuss what kind of threat the virus may pose to barnyard flocks, including chickens and ducks.

In 2022, avian influenza swept through the United States, killing millions of birds and wiping out commercial flocks.

While its impact on Alaska was less severe, avian influenza is still present in Alaska, and migratory birds are expected to increase the risk to poultry this summer. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is hosting an update on the 2023 avian flu outlook at 6 p.m. Monday, May 15. 

Alaska state veterinarian Bob Gerlach will provide updates on current outbreaks across North and South America, and what Alaskans can do to protect their poultry. Gerlach is responsible for animal health regulations and animal disease surveillance and response.

Those in Palmer can attend the talk in person at the UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center, 1509 Georgeson Road, Room 208 Kerttula Hall. 

Gerlach’s talk will also be available statewide via Zoom. Please registration is closed for both in-person and Zoom sessions.

If you are unable to listen to the talk live, you may still register and you will receive a recording via email afterward.