The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory on April 5, 2024 regarding a confirmed human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) virus, and on May 22, 2024, a second case in the United States following exposure to infected dairy cattle has been confirmed. To date, HPAI has not been detected in dairy cattle in California. CDC and CDPH believe that the risk of infection to the general public is low. However, individuals with close exposure to infected birds or other animals, such as livestock, have a greater risk of infection.

As recommended by the CDC on May 6, 2024, CDPH is supporting a one-time distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) for dairy farmworkers and others handling raw milk, as well as slaughterhouse and poultry workers. CDPH is working closely with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) around PPE distribution to farms and agricultural workers. The idea is to get supplies closer to where needed ahead of increased risk in an enhanced preparedness stance, demonstrating our shared prioritization of worker wellbeing.

For facilities interested in ordering a one-time supply of PPE, please refer to the attached Facility PPE Ordering Instructions. The deadline for orders is June 9h. Please find an education document in both English and Spanish attached intended for farm owners and workers.

One-Time Provision of PPE for Dairy Farm, Poultry Farm, and Slaughterhouse Workers

How to Request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Farmworkers to Protect Against Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”)

Worker Protection From The Bird Flu


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