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Update on Premises Under Investigation for Avian Influenza in Alabama

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Tracy Craig | 17 March, 2017, 01:43

The other instances occurred at another commercial breeder and a backyard flock, according to a state press release.

The most recent case was found following an investigation as part of routine surveillance of Alabama's bird flu preparedness and response plan.

Chickens in large commercial operations are already tested weekly for avian flu, Belcher said.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirms that the risk of a human becoming ill with avian influenza during poultry illness incidents is very low.

Results have been received from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa on the sample collected from a guinea fowl at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro, located in Jackson County, Alabama.

A case of avian flu at a Tennessee farm has been identified as highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza, while distinct from an infectious variety in China.

"Our department staff is diligently working to protect the health of poultry in our state", said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

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South Korea banned imports of all USA poultry following the Tennessee bird-flu findings, according to its agriculture ministry.

The USDA said Monday that it does not yet know what type of H7 bird flu is affecting the chickens in Tennessee, but will know within 48 hours.

"There's no danger in consuming poultry", he said. It is spread among domestic chickens by migratory waterfowl, which are immune to the disease.

The suspected strain of avian flu in Alabama and Tennessee does not pose a risk to the food supply, officials said.

Officials said they will continue monitoring commercial and backyard poultry for signs of influenza. Hess also said the outbreak shouldn't affect price or availability of poultry. Other importing nations restricted imports from affected areas of the state, USDA data show.

Following the 2015 bird flu outbreak in the Midwest, planning, preparation, and extensive biosecurity efforts were escalated in Alabama.

Antibodies for bird flu were detected by Aviagen, but a spokeswoman for the company told Reuters that the flock reported "no evidence of clinical disease".

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