More chickens in Alabama confirmed with 'low-pathogenic' avian flu

NASHVILLE-The state veterinarian for Tennessee is urging all poultry owners to take extra precautions to protect their flocks from illness.

A flock of commercial poultry at a Cullman County farm has tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza. Tony Frazier, confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). The broiler flock of 22,000 hens was asymptomatic, but has been culled.

Dr Stout says there were no clinical signs of disease in the Christian County birds.

"While this is different from the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that has been found recently in the United States, control measures are under way as a precautionary measure", the statement read.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed a second case of bird flu in Tennessee. The USDA quarantined the property and all poultry farms within about a 6-mile radius will be tested for the flu.

State Veterinarian Robert Stout said the strains found in Tennessee and Kentucky cannot be directly linked.

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"We look at the 21 biggest poultry states and we test wild birds throughout the year in those states to make sure that we have an early warning notice if this virus is changed, if we got a new virus".

Tyson is working with the USA and Tennessee departments of agriculture to contain the flu, and will euthanize the flock of 55,000 chickens, according to a USDA news release. Even if the eggs or poultry were contaminated, proper cooking would kill the virus. Kentucky farmers produced 307.7 million broilers and almost 1.3 billion eggs in 2015.

  • Santos West