Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Bird Flu Hits Tennessee Chicken Farm That Supplies Tyson Foods

Bird Flu Hits Tennessee Chicken Farm That Supplies Tyson Foods

The Tennessee chicken farm is under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 6-mile radius of it.

However, the company said: "We're responding aggressively, and are working with state and federal officials to contain the virus by euthanising chickens located on the farm".

It's the first confirmed case of the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza this year. The company said in a statement it's a "bird health issue and not a food safety or human health issue", and that it doesn't expect any disruption in business. She says the state is working with MI chicken, turkey and other producers to reduce exposure to potentially infected wild and domestic fowl. A quarantine zone has been set up around the farm. Operators tested the birds after they showed signs of depression.

A strain of avian influenza was discovered in Tennessee's poultry industry, the state's Department of Agriculture announced.

South Korea resumed USA poultry imports in June previous year after imposing a ban in early 2016 when bird flu cases were detected in the United States.

Tyson employees who come in contact with live birds received additional training specifically created to help protect against the spread of avian flu.

As for Wisconsin, only poultry meat is banned from being sold to Taiwan, because it is listed as an area infected with low pathogenic H5 bird flu viruses, Shih said.

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France, which has the largest poultry flock in the European Union, has reported outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus.

Department of agriculture is not identifying the farm, but says it is in Lincoln County, just west of Chattanooga.

All chickens on the farm will culled to prevent the spread of the disease.

A commercial Tyson farm in Alabama that borders Lincoln County tested negative, officials said in a news release. "All U.S. flocks are tested year-round for avian influenza, and if a single bird in a flock were to test positive for avian flu, then none of those birds would be allowed to enter the food supply". This is the first case of bird flu that has been confirmed in 2017.

While the outbreak is only Tennessee right now, farmers like Hickey said it's still risky because they could lose everything.

Flu can spread from birds to humans through the air, or when people touch a bird or an infected surface and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth.

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