OCAq takes preventative measures against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is taking measures to protect its resident birds against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). HPAI is an avian disease that is transmitted between birds through their saliva, mucous, and feces. The global spread of HPAI is driven in part by migratory waterfowl, which are especially susceptible to the disease. HPAI has been detected in the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south flight path for migratory birds that extends from Alaska to South America.
HPAI can be carried by clothing, including shoes. As a precaution to keep the birds within its Seabird Aviary safe, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has placed disinfecting mats at all aviary entries and exits. All visitors, including service animals, are required to step onto the mats before entering and exiting the aviary. Visitors intending to enter the Seabird Aviary are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes.
More information on the disinfecting solution, including a comprehensive list of ingredients, can be found via this safety data sheet.
More information on HPAI, including resources on biosecurity and outbreak updates, can be found via the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
The Oregon Coast Aquariums thanks its guests for their patience and mindfulness; these efforts help ensure the health and safety of vulnerable species.
About Oregon Coast Aquarium
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