November 20, 2023
The Charles County Department of Health has been alerted by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of the State Veterinarian of the possibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infection in dead geese collected in Waldorf. CDC considers the current risk to the general public from the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in wild birds and poultry to be low.
Due to the die-off of wild geese in our area, we are reminding our residents and visitors to do the following:
The best way to prevent avian (bird) influenza (flu) is to avoid sources of exposure whenever possible. Infected birds shed bird flu virus in their saliva, mucous, and feces. People rarely get bird flu; however, human infections with bird flu viruses can happen when enough virus gets into a person’s eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled. This can happen when virus is in the air (in droplets or possibly dust) and a person breathes it in, or when a person touches something that has virus on it and then touches their mouth, eyes or nose. Bird flu virus infections in people happen most often after close, prolonged and unprotected (no gloves or other protective wear) contact with infected birds and then the person touches their mouth, eyes, or nose.
To learn more about highly pathogenic avian influenza, please click on the following link: