Bird flu viruses are found naturally among wild birds and poultry and usually do not affect people. However, some bird flu viruses have spread from birds to humans and have caused illness in people. People should be careful not to come in contact with infected birds or contaminated areas during an outbreak of bird flu among poultry.

In this section, you will find information to protect yourself, your family and your birds from bird flu.


A new strain of bird flu, H7N9, has been found in birds and people in China. No ongoing person-to-person spread of this virus has been found at this time. Here are some common questions and answers from the CDC about this new virus.

Travelers to China: Advice about H7N9 Bird Flu