Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu

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Avian Flu

Guidance for Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu

Avian influenza, commonly known as "avian flu" or "bird flu," is caused by influenza type A viruses that normally only occur in birds. Avian flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, such as chickens, ducks and turkeys, very sick and kill them. These viruses usually do not infect humans, but in recent years several cases of avian flu infection in humans have been reported.

There are several subtypes of avian influenza A viruses. The subtype that has become of major concern is avian influenza A (pN1) virus which has caused the deaths of millions of birds and also poses a health risk to humans.

News Release:


Fact Sheet:

  • Fact Sheet [PDF*]. (2006). Also available in Español [PDF*].

Quick Cards to Protect Yourself: Avian Flu

  • General Precautions [PDF*]
  • Poultry Employees [PDF*]
  • Laboratory Employees [PDF*]
  • Laboratory Employees [PDF*]
  • Food Handlers [PDF*]
  • Health Care Workers [PDF*]

Safety and Health Bulletin:

Other Resources:

Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Standards and Guidance at (202) 693-1950 for assistance accessing DOC, EPS, GIF, MP4, PDF or PPT documents.

*These files are provided for downloading.

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