First Commercial Case of Bird Flu Confirmed this Year

By | 2018-03-13T13:36:45-05:00 March 12, 2018 1:34 pm|National Headlines, State Headlines|0 Comments

(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.

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