A strain of bird flu has been found in a commercial chicken farm in Tennessee, the US Department of Agriculture and state government agencies said Sunday. This includes the quarantine of 30 other poultry farms within the 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) radius from the infected site while the testing of other flocks in the area continued. The first case, reported late last week at a Tennessee chicken farm, is the highly pathogenic bird flu (HPAI) H7. "Based on the limited scope known to us at this time, we don't expect disruptions to our chicken business and plan to meet our customers' needs". Live poultry and eggs are subject to the ban, while heat-treated chicken meat and egg products can still be imported, the statement noted. "Out of an abundance of caution, we test all Tyson-owned flocks for the virus before they leave the farm, and we know the results before they're processed". Growers are encouraged to properly suit up before they enter a chicken house, and ensure the chickens do not come in contact with people or birds who don't belong on the firm.
"We have never had a case of high path avian influenza in domestic poultry in the better part of a decade in the state of MI..."
The HPAI finding is the the first United States case at a commercial poultry farm this year.
State officials are directing MI poultry producers to follow their bird flu prevention procedures.
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State and federal agriculture officials are warning Delmarva poultry growers to take extra precautions after a bird flu outbreak in Tennessee. That said, deadly human flu pandemics have been sparked by viruses that first emerged in birds, and health officials closely track what's killing poultry. The agriculture ministry also prohibited poultry and eggs imports from Spain where an occurrence of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus was observed since February 24.
Tennessee has more than 1,650 commercial broiler and breeding operations on more than 550 family farms, ranking 13th nationally in broiler production, the Tennessee Poultry Association told the Associated Press.
The virus found in Tennessee has been identified as an H7 virus, most likely spread from wild birds in North America.