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Avian Flu Biosecurity BMPs

Posted: April 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has submitted a press release regarding the Avian Flu Outbreak in the western US. Biosecurity plays a vital role in preventing, containing and eliminating this outbreak.

If your business, employer, company, etc. does not have a written biosecurity program in place, you can follow these steps.

  1. Check to see if the agricultural operation has a biosecurity policy in place.  If so follow that policy.
  2. Avoid entering a property without permission from the owner and an understanding of his or her biosecurity policies.  Inquire about the presence of disease on the premises, and increase your biosecurity measures, if necessary, by wearing disposable coveralls and other protective covering onto the premises.
  3. Upon arrival at a farm or other animal facility, park your vehicle in a clean area as far from livestock and high-traffic areas as possible.
  4. Upon arrival, put on a new pair of disposable boots or clean waterproof boots before leaving the vehicle.
  5. On the premises, avoid driving your vehicle or walking through feed areas to avoid contaminating the feed.
  6. Once on a farm, avoid young stock if possible, or visit them first, before the older animals.
  7. Before leaving a farm, clean and disinfect all equipment and sample containers.
  8. When leaving, remove disposable boots immediately before entering your vehicle.  All disposable items should be bagged and disposed of each day.  If wearing waterproof boots, clean and disinfect them, then remove them as you enter the vehicle.  Clean and disinfect the boots again upon arrival at the next farm.
  9. After removing outerwear, disinfect your hands before leaving.
  10. If disease is known to be present on a farm, do not visit any other farms that day, or visit the affected farm last.

Note, these steps are general in nature and it is highly recommended that your business, employer, company, etc. develop a specific biosecurity policy that covers the activities that you perform.  Delegated Conservation Districts are encouraged to have county specific biosecurity policy or follow the biosecurity policy that is contained in the Act 38 Administrative Manual (Chapter 4, Attachment 4).

If you should have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to your Act 38 regional coordinator.

Contact Information

Frank Schneider
  • Director of Nutrient Management & Odor Programs, State Conservation Commission
Phone: 717-705-3895