(KDKZ-TV) The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the first commercial case of bird flu in the country this year has been confirmed at a turkey farm in southwestern Missouri.
USDA spokesperson Lyndsay Cole says a low-pathogenic form of the H7N1 avian influenza was detected through pre-slaughter testing on a farm in Jasper County that houses 20,000 turkeys. The state has put the farm under quarantine. Cole says two other commercial poultry farms within a 6 mile radius tested negative for the flu. The low-pathogenic flu is different from the high-pathogenic virus that resulted in the loss of nearly 50 million birds in the Midwest in 2015.
Cole says the low-pathogenic virus poses no risk to the food chain.