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Virus Deadly To Poultry Detected In Tennessee

Virus Deadly To Poultry Detected In Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Sunday confirmed a highly contagious form of avian influenza - bird flu - at a commercial breeding facility in south-central Tennessee.

South Korea's agriculture ministry said on Monday that it will ban imports of USA poultry after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed at a U.S. chicken farm, cutting shipments from its main supplier during a current egg shortage.

It's the first confirmed bird flu case at a commercial farm this year. "All U.S. flocks are tested year-round for avian influenza, and if a single bird in a flock were to test positive for avian flu, then none of those birds would be allowed to enter the food supply".

A strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected on a chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The company said it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted. There were 108 poultry farms impacted within the state. Also, this is not the same strain identified in that outbreak. The outbreak also marks the first time HPAI has shown up in Tennessee, notes the USDA. This version of H7 HPAI is confirmed as a North American wild bird lineage. Tests confirm the presence of H7 HPAI in the flock of about 73,500 birds.

Reuters reported that Tyson asked government officials to expand the zone around the farm to 10 miles from 6.2 miles to ensure all their commercial operations in the region were disease free.

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"Animal health is our top priority", state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher, DVM said in the release.

All told in Minnesota, more than 9 million birds were either killed by the disease or euthanized to prevent its spread during the 2015 outbreak.

Japan and Taiwan will block poultry from the state, while Hong Kong will restrict imports from the Tennessee county where the infected flock was located, said James Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, a trade group. Dark, confined, poorly-sanitized spaces that pack animals to the brim and provide no access to the outdoors are ideal environments for the rapid spread of devastating viruses like bird flu.

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