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Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in two other conditions

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in two other conditions

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed highly pathogenic bird flu in two more states. The virus was found in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Fulton County, Kentucky (near the Tennessee border) and in a flock of mixed-yard poultry in Fauquier County, Virginia. Another case is suspected in Webster County, Northern Kentucky, but is awaiting final confirmation.

The virus has been detected in commercial chicken farming following an increase in poultry deaths. State officials have quarantined the affected areas, and Kentucky state officials are working on additional surveillance and testing of commercial and yard herds in the area. Because Fulton County is adjacent to the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is also working to respond to the incident.

Dr. Samantha Beaty, a Tennessee state veterinarian, says they have begun testing commercial and backyard livestock in the surveillance area, and poultry owners should immediately report unexpected deaths to the state veterinary office. Tennessee is a leader for primary breeders and produces more than 98% of the genetics of poultry found worldwide.

The announcement comes after Indiana reported a case of HPAI in a commercial flock in Dubois last week. This was the first case of HPAI in a commercial herd in 2020. The Kentucky poultry industry ranks seventh in the country for broiler production. In Tennessee, more than 600 family farms contribute to the state’s commercial poultry industry.

While bird flu is deadly for chickens and turkeys, it does not pose a risk to food safety. However, the birds in the flocks that have been affected will not enter the food system.



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