BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says bird flu has not been detected in the state.

Cases of bird flu, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), have been reportedly found in wild birds and poultry in 2022, according to the USDA. The Associated Press recently reported the first human case of bird flu in Colorado.

As of May 5, the CDC reports 35 states with bird flu detected in wild birds and 32 states with outbreaks in poultry. The CDC currently considers the public risk assessment for bird flu cases low.

Louisiana wildlife experts aren’t recommending “curtailing” outdoor or bird-related activities, but suggest using standard protective practices.

Protective practices from LDWF:

  • Observe wild birds from a distance, avoiding direct contact with them.
  • Clean bird feeders and bird baths regularly, about every two weeks, by scrubbing away debris and soaking in a diluted bleach solution for 10 minutes.
  • Always wear rubber gloves while cleaning bird feeders and bird baths, preferably in an outdoor setting, never where food preparation may occur.
  • If you find a dead bird in your yard, avoid touching it, but collect it in a plastic bag while wearing rubber gloves, then dispose of the carcass in an outdoor garbage bin.

For the latest data on bird flu cases in the U.S., click here.