Avian Flu Biosecurity Practices

Follow Poultry Biosecurity Practices
Poultry workers should know and follow biosecurity practices to prevent the introduction of avian influenza and other diseases into a poultry flock. An understanding of how infection can be spread is important for both effective biosecurity and worker safety and health practices.
Chicken Photo
Poultry farm employers should:
• Keep an "all in, all-out" philosophy of flock
  management, where all the birds enter and leave
  the facility on the same days and the facility is
  disinfected between groups of birds
• Protect poultry flocks from coming into contact with
  wild or migratory birds. Keep poultry away from any
  source of water that may have been
  contaminated by wild birds
Wash Boots
• Permit only essential workers and vehicles
  to enter the operation
• Provide clean clothing and disinfection
  facilities for employees
• Thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment and
  vehicles (including tires and undercarriages) entering and
  leaving the farm
It's important to disinfect boots that are worn on and off the operation.
• Do not loan to, or borrow equipment and/or vehicles from
  other operations
Contaminated Clothing
• Avoid visiting other poultry operations. If you do visit
  another operation or live-bird market, change footwear
  and clothing before working with your own flock
• Do not bring birds from slaughter channels, especially
  live-bird markets, back to the operation
• Use disinfectant mats with a 1:10 bleach/water solution
  or other proven solution that kills the avian flu virus
Avian Flu Facts
Depending on temperature and moisture conditions,
avian influenza viruses can survive in the environment for weeks. However, they are generally sensitive to most detergents and disinfectants and are inactivated by heating and drying. Contact with organic material such as dust, dirt, litter and manure can decrease the effectiveness of some disinfectants, and thus the possibility persists that viruses will survive. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered products that have a claim of being effective against influenza viruses should provide some measure of activity against avian influenza A viruses.
Contaminated clothing should be washed separate from other clothing.
Wash Hands
For more information, see the technical pages:
PPE to Protect Yourself from Avian Flu
Avian Flu Symptoms and Signs of Infection
It's important to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread
of Avian Flu.