A commercial turkey farm in Dubois County tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza

DUBOIS CO. – The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has been notified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory that poultry from a commercial turkey farm in Dubois County has tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked properly.

No human cases of avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.

The farm has been quarantined and its 29,000 turkeys will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Board of Animal Health is actively working with the industry to increase monitoring of flocks statewide.

This finding is the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry in the United States since 2020 and in Indiana since 2016.

Hobby poultry owners are encouraged to practice good biosecurity and be aware of the signs of avian influenza and report illness and/or death to the USDA Healthy Birds Hotline: 866-536-7593.