Highly lethal bird flu reported at Kentucky chicken farm

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A industrial chicken flock in Kentucky examined constructive for a extremely lethal type of bird flu, officers mentioned on Monday, widening an outbreak that threatens the US poultry business.

Infections within the chickens being raised for meat are set to set off extra restrictions on US poultry exports, after consumers like China and Korea restricted purchases from Indiana final week as a result of an outbreak at a industrial turkey farm there. 

The broiler chickens in Fulton County, Ky., situated close to the border with Tennessee, had been contaminated with the identical H5N1 pressure of extremely pathogenic avian flu because the turkeys in Indiana, Kentucky officers mentioned. 

They are awaiting last lab affirmation of one other suspected outbreak amongst turkeys in Webster County, Kentucky.

Birds from contaminated flocks might be culled and won’t enter the meals system, state officers mentioned.

“We are working diligently to prevent this virus from spreading to other poultry premises,” mentioned Katie Flynn, Kentucky’s state veterinarian.

Federal and state authorities are testing industrial and yard poultry flocks close by in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The US is the world’s largest producer and second-biggest exporter of chicken.
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The illness was additionally detected in a yard flock of birds in Fauquier County, Va, which have already been culled, the US Department of Agriculture mentioned. The circumstances don’t current a right away public well being concern, the company mentioned.

Wild birds are considered spreading the virus, after dozens examined constructive for the flu alongside the US East Coast.

The US is the world’s largest producer and second-largest exporter of poultry meat, in keeping with the US authorities. Kentucky mentioned it’s the seventh greatest chicken-meat producing state.

The illness is hitting the market as poultry provides are down as a result of robust demand and labor shortages at meat crops throughout to the COVID-19 pandemic. Government knowledge confirmed US frozen chicken provides had been down 14% from a year in the past at the top of December whereas turkey inventories had been down 23%.