East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative is aware of the seriousness of avian influenza outbreaks in Iowa and we are concerned about protecting the safety and livelihood of our member-owners and the communities we serve.
We have proactively contacted poultry facilities that receive electricity from our co-op and we adhere to their specific biosecurity procedures when our service vehicles, linemen and other co-op employees enter and exit these facilities.
Our employees have been instructed to avoid non-essential visits to poultry facilities at this time to help reduce the risk of spreading avian influenza. If we must go on-site to restore power or for other essential reasons, our personnel will strictly adhere to the biosecurity protocols established at the poultry facility.
For member-owners who have backyard chickens or other poultry on their property, make sure to keep cages and equipment clean and don’t share supplies with other poultry owners. Watch for the early warning signs of avian flu (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/biosecurity/links/step5.pdf) and report unusual signs of disease or unexpected death to a local veterinarian immediately. Learn more: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/biosecurity/basicspoultry.htm
ECI REC is working with our statewide cooperative association and with other agencies and organizations to continually monitor the situation and enhance biosecurity protocols if needed.