Current Community Concerns

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Avian influenza or bird flu refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses naturally spread among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Bird flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with bird flu viruses have occurred.
To report observations of sick or dead animals, visit the Wild and Domestic Animal Illness information below.
COVID-19 (SARs2-CoV-2 novel coronavirus) 
Heat Wave / Extreme Heat
For information about ways to prepare your household before a disaster, visit our Wildfire webpage for resources.


Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Wild & Domestic Animal Illness

It is possible but unusual for a sickness or virus that an animal may have to transfer to a human. The Okanogan Public Health District (OCPHD) works with area residents and medical professionals to address communicable diseases in humans but does not have a role in addressing possible animal illness or dead animals. OCPHD becomes a team partner to help connect medical care, arrange services and take measures to help prevent a disease from spreading if:
   1) a person has had direct contact with a sick animal, or
   2) a lab test has confirmed the person is sick with the same illness as the animal they encountered.
 Report dead or sick WILD birds, use the WDFW online reporting tool for At-Risk wild birds

 Report illness or death in DOMESTIC birds, call WSDA Sick Bird hotline 1-800-606-3056 
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