Bird flu on wild birds in Norway
A strong increase in the number of birds with avian influenza has been detected in Finnmark since the beginning of June. Large numbers of dead wild birds are currently found in several areas along the coast of Finnmark.
Low risk of infection to humans
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health considers the risk of infection to humans to be very low. This also applies in areas where dead birds have been found and avian influenza has been detected in wild birds.
Some areas are prohibited
It is prohibited to enter some areas due to the current outbreak of bird flu. Entry is allowed if necessary for health and safety reasons. A map detailing the restricted areas can be found here
Avoid travelling in areas with sick birds
Reduce traffic in areas with a lot of birds and avoid traveling in areas with sick birds since infection can spread via footwear and clothing.
Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds. Leave sick birds alone, as handling stresses them and will be an additional burden on the bird.
Wash and disinfect footwear and clothing if you travel to several areas with a lot of wild birds.
Report dead birds
Have you seen dead or sick birds and suspect bird flu?
Alert us by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide an acurate description of where the birds are located. Map coordinates are very helpful, and can be found on any smart phone.
Dont touch any dead or sick birds.
Low risk of infection to other animals
The bird flu primarily poses a risk to birds. It is uncommon for mammals to be infected.
In areas where birds die from bird flu, consider keeping dogs on a leash to avoid contact with sick and dead birds. This will also protect against other infectious diseases like salmonella.
In addition, sick birds should be left alone and protected from other animals.
Authorities cooperate on removal of dead wild birds
It is important to remove dead birds to reduce the risk of infection being spread, especially in areas where there is a high mortality rate of birds.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority cooperates with local authorities to put in place the best possible arrangements in the hardest hit areas.