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This is the first known case of HPAI in a commercial poultry facility in the United States this year, the USDA said.
Some 50 million chickens, turkeys and ducks had to be killed during the worst outbreak of avian flu in 2015, but Tennessee state agriculture officials said the current case represents a different strain.
Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. Tyson said in a statement that this case should not disrupt its chicken business.
The USDA monitors migratory bird flyways for signs of disease spread. That Alabama farm was also used by Tyson, according to the state.
The commercial breeder where the outbreak was detected supplies Tyson Foods, but officials have declined to identify the breeder.
Live poultry imports are limited to farm birds from New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The country has been importing fresh eggs from the US since January after a spread of deadly bird flu virus killed millions of chickens and ducks in Korea since the virus strain was first reported in November.
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.
Delmarva chicken growers are being put on notice about avian flu after the discovery during the weekend that a flock had become infected in Tennessee.
According to the CDC, symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat and pneumonia and while there are many strains, only the H5, H7 and H10 have been fatal in humans.
Sample birds from the affected flock were examined at the Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Tennessee and checked at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa. Preventing these deadly outbreaks requires reforming how chickens are raised.
The more than 73,000 birds are located in Lincoln County, Tennessee, which is along the MS flyway, a migratory route.
Post the detection of the bird flu, the second biggest egg producer in the US i.e. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture said it is assessing whether the virus could be the A (H7N9) strain that has infected hundreds of people in China or another bird flu strain.
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