Avian Influenza Outbreaks 2023

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Avian influenza, bird flu, outbreaks have occurred in various countries in 2022 and 2023. A bird flu vaccine has been U.S. FDA approved.

Avian Influenza Outbreaks 2023

Avian influenza (Bird Flu) is a disease caused by influenza type A viruses that occur naturally among birds and domestic poultry. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI) A virus subtypes (H5, H7, H9) A(H5N1) first emerged in southern China in 1997.

According to the FluView dashboard, 54 countries reported an H5N1 outbreak in birds to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2021, 2022, and 2023. In the WHO for Animal Health Monthly Situation Report on January 5, 2023, there were 290 highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks in poultry and 140 events involving wild birds, outpacing activity in 2022.

In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) stated the Eurasian H5N1 strain appeared in North America in January 2022, affecting 47 states, leading to the loss of over 57.8 million birds as of January 17, 2023.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Bird Flu Current Situation Summary on January 4, 2023. And a summary of HAPI detection locations is posted at this link

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Humans

Zoonotic influenza infections in humans may be asymptomatic or may cause disease, from conjunctivitis or mild, flu-like symptoms to severe, acute respiratory disease or even death, depending on factors related to the virus-causing infection and the infected host, says the WHO.

The U.S. CDC confirmed in 2023 that although bird flu viruses mainly infect and spread among wild migratory water birds and domestic poultry. Human cases of infection with avian influenza viruses are usually the result of direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments. As on November 2022, the CDC tracked the health of more than 5,190 people with exposures to HAPI-infected birds.

Globally, seven human influenza A H5N1 2.3.4.4b infections have been recently reported in EcuadorChina, Vietnam, the U.K.Spain (2), and Colorado during 2022-2023.

The Asian lineage H5N1 and H7N9 have caused the most human infections. The WHO says since 2003, multiple countries have reported more than 860 human infections with HPAI A(H5N1) viruses, with about 53% of those cases resulting in fatalities. From 2014 to January 2023, 54 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) and 82 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland China health authorities.

The WHO says the risk to humans remains low, and no sustained human-to-human transmission has been reported. The WHO confirmed in January 2023, influenza A(H5) viruses have not acquired the ability for sustained transmission among humans, thus the likelihood of human-to-human spread is low.

Human Avian Influenza Infections U.S.

On April 28, 2022, the state of Colorado reported the first influenza A (H5) virus infection in Montrose County. The CDC says this 'Colorado patient is the first human detection of any influenza A(H5) virus in the U.S. since 2016. In addition, the CDC publishes: Past Reported Global Human Cases with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) (HPAI H5N1) by Country, 1997-2022.

Avian Influenza China

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health closely monitors human cases of avian influenza in the Mainland and again urges the public to maintain strict personal, food, and environmental hygiene locally and during travel. The CHP Avian Influenza Report report VOLUME 19, NUMBER 01, was posted on January 3, 2023. Furthermore, on January 5, 2023, the Alert Response Level under the CHP's Government Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic (2014) was activated.

The public may visit the CHP's weekly Avian Influenza Report, global statistics, and affected areas of avian influenza for updated news.

Avian Influenza Americas

On January 18, 2023, the WHO stated the Ecuador case is the first human infection caused by the avian influenza A(H5) virus in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported H5N1 outbreaks beginning in December 2021, marking the first identification of HPAI in the Americas since June 2015. 

The Pan American Health Organization/WHO (PAHO/WHO) recommended on December 3, 2022, that the Member States strengthen coordination between sectors involved in alerting and responding to zoonotic events and implement the necessary measures to contain emerging pathogens that may put public health at risk. PAHO/WHO recommends monitoring the occurrence of influenza-like illness or severe acute respiratory infection in people exposed to birds (domestic, wild, or in captivity) infected with influenza viruses.

On November 28, 2022, Venezuela confirmed its initial HAPI outbreak. And the Central American country of Ecuador reported its first HAPI outbreak in poultry on November 25, 2022, likely part of the Eurasian H5N1 strain found in South America. A nine-year-old girl in central Ecuador was infected with the A-H5 strain of avian influenza in January 2023. In addition, other countries, such as Belize, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru have confirmed HAPI cases.

Avian Influenza India

Thiruvananthapuram's Health Minister confirmed a bird flu infection in Trivandrum Azhur Gram Panchayat in southern India in January 2023. In response, the local Health Departmenwarnedto all the districts. 

Avian Influenza Spain

The WHO reported on November 4, 2022, public health authorities in Spain reported the detection of influenza A(H5N1) in two poultry workers on a single farm. However, no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the influenza A(H5N1) virus in this event has been identified to date.

Spanish researchers reported in Eurosurveillance on January 19, 2023, the first known HAPI A(H5N1) outbreak in farmed mink in the Galicia region. The new variant puts bird flu in “uncharted territory”, says Wendy Puryear, a virologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts, on January 24, 2023.

Avian Influenza Vietnam

On October 17, 2022, the Vietnam Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology reported positive results for influenza A(H5) from a specimen of a 5-year-old female patient in Phu Tho. This is the latest human case of influenza A(H5) in Vietnam since February 2014. Accumulating from 2003 to now, the whole country recorded 128 cases of influenza A(H5) infection.

Avian Influenza United Kingdom

An Avian influenza Prevention Zone was declared by the U.K. government across Great Britain on October 17, 2022, making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. The U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very loIn addition, the Food Standards Agency recommends that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for consumers.

As of October 24, 2022, the U.K. says residents should register poultry, even if only kept as pets. All bird keepers (whether you have pet birds, commercial flocks, or just a few birds in a backyard flock) must closely watch on them for signs of disease and maintain good biosecurity at all times. If you have any concerns about the health of your birds, seek prompt advice from your vet.

On October 10, 2022, the U.K. announced it had faced its largest-ever bird flu outbreak, with over 170 cases confirmed since late October 2021. The wild bird risk across Great Britain is maintained at medium, and the risk to poultry with stringent biosecurity is maintained at low. However, birdkeepers should follow enhanced measures at all times to prevent the risk of future outbreaks.

HAPI Infections in Mammals

As of 2023, surveillance data does not suggest widespread mammalian adaptation of the HAPI virus (low to moderate confidence). And there is insufficient information to judge the risk of asymptomatic or mild disease due to limited testing in human contact with infected birds.

The Dagestan State University announced that tests have detected avian influenza in seals that were involved in a mass mortality event in December 2022 on the Caspian Sea.

The USDA listing, as of January 18, 2023, includes about 110 H5N1 detections in mammals (skunks, bears, raccoons, red foxes) that were confirmed during 2022. The USDA has reported four detections from three states involving three bear species in 2022.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks confirmed on January 17, 2023, three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for HAPI. In 2022, a fox and a skunk also tested positive for HPAI in Montana. The State of Alaska reported on December 13, 2022, HPA had been detected in a brown bear cub on Kodiak Island, Alaska. On November 18, 2022, HPAI was detected in a black bear in Southeast Alaska. The first confirmation was in June 2022. And on August 30, 2022, the first case of H5N1 infection in a black bear was confirmed in Quebec, Canada.

In May 2022, two red fox kits in Ontario, Canada, tested positive for HPAI. Those kits were the first reported cases of the current HPAI outbreak in a wild mammal in North America. Red fox infections were confirmed in Michigan and Minnesota, bald eagles in Alaska, skunks and raccoons in Washington, and seals near Maine in July 2022. In addition, Norway reported H5N1 for the first time in mammals (foxes), according to a study posted on July 25, 2022.

Avian Influenza Vaccines 2023

Avian influenza (bird flu) vaccines are listed on this web page.

Avian Influenza News For 2022

January 6, 2023 - The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health announced it is monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland.

December 21, 2022 - The WHO published an assessment of risk associated with recent influenza A(H5N1) clade 2.3.4.4b viruses.

December 7, 2022 - In late November, HAPI outbreaks were recorded in Hamlin County, 50,000, and Charles Mix County, 75,100. On Nov. 29, a commercial flock of 32,900 turkeys in Spink County had an outbreak, and a commercial flock of 71,600 turkeys in Hanson County had an outbreak.

November 3, 2022 - The U.S. CDC published: U.S. Approaches Record Number of Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Wild Birds and Poultry. 

October 31, 2022 - The National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed H5N1 HPAI in hunter-harvested blue-winged teal in southwest Louisiana. Additionally, several captive birds have died from HPAI in northeast Louisiana. 

October 30, 2022 - Mexico (Senasica) reported an H5N1 avian flu outbreak at a commercial poultry farm in Nuevo Leon state. The presence of avian influenza H5N1 does not represent any risk for the consumption of chicken and eggs.

October 10, 2022 - Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the U.K.'s Chief Veterinary Officer, said in a media release, "We are seeing a growing number of bird flu cases on commercial farms and in backyard birds across the country driven by high levels of disease within wild birds."

October 7, 2022 - Testing confirmed a case of avian influenza (HAPI H5N1) on an Arkansas poultry farm in Madison County.

October 6, 2022 - The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

October 5, 2022 - The BBC reported about a dozen dead swans and geese had been found in canals near Little Venice in London, KU, amid concerns the cause of death could be avian influenza.

October 3, 2022 - The ECDC reported a total of 2,467 HAPI outbreaks in poultry, 48 million birds culled in 37 European countries during 2021-2022.

September 28, 2022 -  The USDA APHIS confirmed two cases of HPAI in neighboring non-commercial flocks in Tillamook County. Other Oregon counties with confirmed cases of HPAI in 2022 include Coos, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, and Polk Counties. 

September 19, 2022 - The World Organization for Animal Health reported a High pathogenicity avian influenza virus outbreak in central Poland, killing 590 of 1,677 susceptible birds.

September 13, 2022 - The Central American country of Belize reported an avian influenza outbreak the resulted in the culling of a local flock.

September 7, 2022 - The University of Florida confirmed a HAPI infection killed a bottlenose dolphin in 2022.

September 6, 2022 - The A.P. reported Ohio's Defiance County has affected roughly 3 million chickens infected with the HAPI virus.

August 22, 2022 - The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the USDA confirmed HPAI in a non-commercial flock in Henry County, Georgia. This is the second confirmation of HPAI in Georgia. 

August 18, 2022 - The Financial Times reported that avian flu's new strain decimates wild birds. Humans should worry.

August 12, 2022 - New cases found on Lehigh Valley farm; nearby N.J. farmers are now on alert.

August 8, 2022 - BirdLife International reported that an unprecedented wave of avian flu had devastated bird populations across the Northern Hemisphere.

July 29, 2022 - Positive cases of avian influenza, or the bird flu, have been found in four wild birds in Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Department of Health Services warns residents of the potential risk of handling or coming into close contact with a diseased or dead bird.

July 22, 2022 - The USDA Animal and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Seminole County, Florida.

July 21, 2022 - Research led by the University of Pittsburgh's Jason Shoemaker uses computational modeling to understand the body's immune response to avian flu. His latest work, published in the journal Viruses, finds that the interferon levels may be responsible for its more severe presentation and may also be the key to treating it. 

July 8, 2022 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Nevada's first HAPI outbreak in poultry in Carson City.

July 4, 2022 - Beginning in June 2022, Marine Mammals of Maine has responded to a high number of stranded seals. Most of the seals were found dead. The current rate of dead seal strandings in this area is approximately three times the regular rate for this time of the year. Samples from four-stranded seals in Maine have tested positive for HAPI H5N1.

June 27, 2022 - The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health announced it is closely monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland. The case involves a 58-year-old male living in Ganzhou, Jiangxi, who had exposure to poultry from the market. He is in critical condition. From 2014 to date, 79 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.

June 17, 2022 - According to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the first case of HAPI was confirmed in a raccoon in North America.

June 9, 2022 - The World Organisation for Animal Health reported the European country of Bulgaria confirmed a HAPI H5 outbreak.

June 8, 2022 - The virus that causes HPAI has been found in mallard ducklings at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC.

June 8, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the detection of avian influenza in three nestling neotropical cormorants found by Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel responding to a report of dead birds in Eldorado Park in Scottsdale.

June 3, 2022 - According to the WOAH, Guinea reported its first high-path H5N1 outbreaks in five commercial farms in Kindia prefecture, located northeast of Conakry.

June 2, 2022 - The U.S. government (BARDA) officially recognized Seqirus's domestic manufacturing capability for cell-based seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines.

June 2, 2022 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock in Toombs County, Georgia. 

June 2, 2022 - The Macau SAR reported the Health Bureau stated that according to the latest notification from the China mainland health department, a total of 2 cases of human infection with H9N2 avian influenza were confirmed in Hunan and Guizhou provinces.

May 27, 2022 - To help ensure the U.S. can continue providing critical rapid response activities, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the transfer of $400 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation to support HAPI outbreak response efforts directly. Secretary Vilsack previously approved using approximately $130 million in mid-March and $263 million in late-April 2022.

May 23, 2022 - The World Organisation for Animal Health has analyzed the current global situation. The aggregated data show that avian influenza (bird flu) has spread more widely than in previous years.

May 18, 2022 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

May 18, 2022 - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health confirmed monitoring a fatal human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Baise City in Guangxi. 

May 17, 2022 - A bald eagle that recently died in the Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska tested positive for avian influenza. A second dead eagle was also tested for the HAPI virus; the results are pending. Cedarleaf said on May 18th, a fourth sick eagle was picked up at the Historical Park and euthanized. She suspects that the eagles caught the virus from gulls.

May 12, 2022 - HAPI infections were detected in Red Foxes located in Michigan and Minnesota. 

May 11, 2022 - Science Insider reported, 'In southwestern France, researchers will begin to immunize ducks with a newly developed vaccine. And in October 2022, stakeholders will gather at the World Organisation for Animal Health to discuss how to lower international barriers to shipping vaccinated poultry.

May 9, 2022 - The National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China reported the first human infection of the avian influenza A(H3N8) virus.

May 6, 2022 - The USDA and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in non-commercial backyard flocks in Linn County, Oregon, Pacific County, Washington.

May 4, 2022 - The National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed this week the presence of HPAI in a great horned owl at a rehabilitation facility in Wichita County, the first such confirmed case in a wild bird in Texas. This case of HPAI follows an April 2022 detection of HAPI in a commercial pheasant flock located in Erath County.

May 3, 2022 - The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed a positive case of HPAI in Bremer County, Iowa.

May 2, 2022 - The World Organisation for Animal Health reported 128 new poultry outbreaks in 12 countries, including Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

May 1, 2022 - The USDA and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in birds in three additional states: Alaska, Oklahoma, and Vermont.

April 29, 2022 - The U.S. CDC issued Health Advisory #CDCHAN-00464 - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response.

April 28, 2022 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced a test that revealed the presence of the influenza A (H5) virus in a single nasal specimen from a person working on a farm with infected poultry. The U.S. CDC confirmed the result on April 27, 2022. Because the person was in close contact with infected poultry, the HAPI virus may have been in the person's nose without causing infection. 

April 27, 2022 - To help ensure APHIS can continue to provide critical rapid response activities, U.S.> Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the transfer of nearly $263 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation to APHIS, directly supporting response efforts. The funding allows APHIS to continue its critical work with state and local partners to quickly identify and address cases of HPAI in the U.S.

April 26, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has completed a Draft Environmental Assessment (E.A.), "Emergency Response for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Seven States," a Draft Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact for the E.A.

April 20, 2022 - 'In areas with HPAI transmission in any avian species, consider pausing the use of bird feeders and baths for the next couple of months until the rate of virus transmission in wild birds dramatically decreases. This action will help protect those beautiful feathered creatures that visit your yard. Still, it will also help all wild bird species already having it hard this spring because of HPAI,' from The Raptor Center's Executive Director and Veterinary Epidemiologist, Dr. Victoria Hall, DVM, MS, DACVPM.

April 20, 2022 - The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong confirmed the 13 H5N6 cases for 2022.

April 20, 2022 - The Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development advises that the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative has confirmed the presence of avian influenza in two wild bird samples in Manitoba.

April 16, 2022 - The USDA Animal and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

April 9, 2022 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock (poultry) in Pitkin County, Colorado, and on April 8, 2022, in two flocks in Montana – a non-commercial backyard flocks (poultry) in Cascade County, and Judith Basin County.

April 6, 2022 - Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced a man had contact with poultry before he contracted A.I. The man's illness marks China's 11th H5N6 case of the year. On April 9, 2022, the 12th case was confirmed.

April 3, 2022 - The Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed the presence of HPAI in a commercial pheasant flock in Erath County, Texas.

March 30, 2022 - The USDA and U.S. APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial, mixed-species backyard flock (non-poultry) in Berkshire County, MA; a non-commercial, mixed-species backyard flock (non-poultry) in Johnson County, WYO; a commercial poultry flock in Johnston County, NC; a non-commercial, backyard chicken flock (non-poultry) in Franklin County, OH; and a non-commercial, backyard chicken flock (poultry) in Kidder County, ND.

March 28, 2022 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of HAPI H5N1 in a poultry flock in the Township of Zorra, Ontario. There are regular reports of HPAI in wild birds across North America, including Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and British Columbia. Previously, on March 21, 2022, Ontario's agriculture ministry reported that a red-tailed hawk suffering from neurologic symptoms tested positive for H5N1.

March 26, 2022 - The USDA and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in Minnesota flocks: a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County and a backyard mixed-species flock (non-poultry) in Mower County.

March 25, 2022 - The USDA recorded numerous avian influenza cases in five states last week. The largest outbreak was in Nebraska, where officials indicated 570,000 broiler chickens were depopulated, reported the A.P.

March 22, 2022 - Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection update VOLUME 18, NUMBER 12 - a young girl from Anhui province was recently confirmed with H9N2 avian flu infection.

March 21, 2022 - The USDA data dashboard indicates recent avian flu detections: in South Dakota, Maine, Iowa (5,347,511), Delaware, and Kansas. Since January 2022, about 9.5 million chickens and turkeys have been depopulated.

March 18, 2022 - The USDA has confirmed 385 positive wild bird detections and 38 appearances in poultry flocks involving the Eurasian H5N1 strain in 2022.

March 15, 2022 - Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection investigation revealed that a woman who had contact with domestic poultry got sick. China's number of H5N6 cases since 2014 has reached 74, including 10 cases in 2022. H5N6 is known to circulate in Asian countries, but only China and Laos have reported human cases.

March 14, 2022 - According to various reporting, there are now 14 states that have reported avian influenza cases in birds during 2022. Over the past week, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and Illinois.

March 8, 2022 - The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health reported two human fatalities related to avian influenza A(H5N6) infections in the Mainland.

March 6, 2022 - During the past week, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in non-commercial backyard flocks and commercial farms in Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri, Maryland, and South Dakota. 

February 28, 2022 - The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health confirmed it is closely monitoring four human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland. Updated on Mar. 1, 2022 - Weekly Report: VOLUME 18, NUMBER 09.

February 27, 2022 - The Alert Response Level under the China Government's Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic was activated.

February 24, 2022 - The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

February 23, 2022 - Indian health official issued updated #6 regarding the 5th avian flu farm outbreak. The total number of commercial turkeys affected in 2022 is 154,781

February 23, 2022 - The USDA and APHIS confirmed the presence of HPAI in a commercial poultry flock in New Castle County, Delaware.

February 22, 2022 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) strain cases: H5 2.3.4.4 in a lesser scaup, black vultures, and other avian species. The FWC is investigating bird mortalities in Brevard, Indian River, and Volusia counties believed to be caused by HPAI. This strain has been documented in the U.S. since 2021 and was detected in hunter-harvested blue-winged teal in Palm Beach County in January 2022.

February 19, 2022 - The USDA and APHIS confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Suffolk County, New York.

February 19, 2022 - Indiana confirmed its 4th fourth turkey farm (Greene2) diagnosed with avian influenza. Depopulation efforts are underway on the premises, which includes 15,200 birds. 

February 18, 2022 - The USDA reported 108 additional highly pathogenic H5 detections from wild bird surveillance on the East Coast of the U.S., including the initial detections in Connecticut and Georgia. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has now reported 247 detections in waterfowl.

February 17, 2022 - The Indiana State Board of Animal Health confirmed a third highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza outbreak at a turkey farm in Greene County. In total, about 103 thousand birds are being depopulated.  

February 16, 2022 - According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, India reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak in poultry, it's first since 2020.

February 15, 2022 - The Indiana Board of Animal Health confirmed preliminary testing identified H5 avian flu at a second turkey farm in Dubois County, not far from where an H5N1 outbreak was recently established. The total number of birds affected in Indiana has reached 55,473.

February 15, 2022 - The Hong Kong-based Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health announced it is closely monitoring two human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland, both involving people who had been exposed to poultry before they got sick.

February 14, 2022 - The U.K. published the Updated Outbreak Assessment #14 Highly pathogenic avian influenza in the U.K. and Europe.

February 14, 2022 - The WSJ reported that the USDA had identified deadly bird flu in U.S. flocks, including turkeys, which alerted the poultry industry.

February 11, 2022 - The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the expansion of wild bird surveillance for avian influenza to the Mississippi and Central Flyways. 

February 9, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspective Service announced the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses in a U.S. commercial turkey flock.

February 7, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported (87) more highly pathogenic H5 or H5N1 avian flu detections in hunter-harvested birds on the East Coast of the U.S.

January 29, 2022 - Denmark's Statens Serum Institut detected a case of influenza in a citizen with a virus variant that probably originates from swine who worked at a Danish pig slaughterhouse. However, all indications are that this is a single case of infection. Therefore, it is not estimated that there is a risk of infection among people.

January 20, 2022 - The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food confirmed a preventive depopulation of poultry and waterfowl in the southwest, characterized by numerous outbreaks. The first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in the South West was confirmed on December 16, 2021, on a duck farm in Gers. As of January 18, 2021, 291 outbreaks had been confirmed in the South West, compared to 216 on the same date this year.

January 13, 2022 - Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced it is monitoring six human avian influenza A(H5N6) cases in the China Mainland.