Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Avian Influenza: Reporting Suspected Cases

Report die-offs or unusual sickness in domestic poultry or wild birds so incidents may be investigated. Early detection makes a difference.

Domestic Birds

Report unusual sickness or die-offs in domestic poultry to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (850) 410-0900 (during office hours) or 1-800-342-5869 (after hours) or by email at  RAD@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Wild Birds

Report dead wild birds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Precautionary Measures for Bird Handlers

Bird handlers should take the following precautionary measures:

  • When working indoors, work in well-ventilated areas.
  • When working outdoors, work upwind of birds to decrease risk of inhaling aerosols such as dust, feathers or dander.
  • When possible, wear rubber or latex gloves that are disposable or can be disinfected.
  • When possible, wear protective eye wear or face shield while handling birds.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Disinfect work surfaces and equipment.
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling birds.