Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Tennessee reports another outbreak of bird flu near state line

Tennessee reports another outbreak of bird flu near state line

A state veterinarian confirms a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) was found at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Giles County.

A turkey farm in Wisconsin also reported a less serious case of bird flu, but it didn't require the culling of an entire flock.

On March 6, routine screening tests at the Giles County location showed the presence of bird flu in the flock.

"After a year reprieve, high-path avian influenza is back in the lower 48 states at a commercial poultry operation, and that should be a cause for concern", said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture officials have reacted quickly. No human infections with these viruses have been detected at this time. "This flock has been depopulated, and they have been buried".

Wild migratory birds can carry flu viruses without showing symptoms and spread them to poultry through feces or feathers or other contact.

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USDA says the strain found in Southern Tennessee originated from North American wild birds. Most of the recommendations are simple and have the objective of preventing commercial poultry or backyard chickens from being exposed to migratory wild waterfowl that may carry the virus.

"Obviously we're all on a heightened alert", said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, a trade group.

University of Minnesota avian influenza expert Carol Cardona said these two infections demonstrate that bird flu is still active, and still a potential threat.

Hofmann said the path migratory birds take through Tennessee is not the same as the one birds use in DE, but they eventually meet at their Arctic breeding grounds.

Don't borrow disease. Do not share equipment or supplies with neighbors or other bird owners.

State Gov. Bill Haslam said, "Many Tennessee families rely on the poultry industry for their livelihoods, and the state is working closely with local, county and federal partners and the poultry industry to control the situation and protect the flocks that are critical to our state's economy". "We cannot keep the waterfowl from coming to Georgia, but we can keep them and their virus from getting into our domestic poultry by practicing strong biosecurity".

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