HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week that a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus was detected in a wild bald eagle found dead in East Marlborough Township, Chester County, making it the first detection of HPAI H5N1 in Pennsylvania since the virus was first identified in North America in December of 2021.
In addition to the bald eagle, diagnostics are pending regarding five wild hooded mergansers recovered from Kahle Lake on the border of Clarion and Venango counties, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Four were found dead and the fifth was exhibiting neurologic signs and was euthanized. HPAI is expected.
As of March 2022, the HPAI outbreak has impacted domestic or wild birds in more than 20 states across the eastern and midwestern United States.
Pennsylvanians who care for captive wild birds, domestic backyard poultry or are involved in commercial poultry operations are encouraged to stay vigilant and review their biosecurity plans to protect their flocks.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists and a toolkit.
–Pennsylvania Farm Bureau