Bird Flu Alarm

Is it safe to hunt and eat wild birds, such as turkeys?

Wild birds can carry avian influenza. Hunters are advised to follow routine precautions when handling wild birds, including:

Avoid handling or consuming game animals that are obviously sick or found dead.

Avoid eating or smoking while cleaning wild birds.

Wear rubber gloves when cleaning game.

Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol wipes immediately after handling game.

Wash tools and work surfaces with soap and water, disinfecting them with a diluted solution of household bleach.

Keep uncooked game in a separate container away from cooked or ready-to-eat foods. Meat should be cooked thoroughly.

For non-hunters, it is recommended that wildlife be observed from a distance to avoid disturbing the animal and picking up any germs the animal may carry.