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Second outbreak of bird flu confirmed in Middle Tennessee

11 March 2017

As of Thursday, all additional samples tested negative for the illness, and no other flocks in the area showed signs of the bird flu.

No human infections have been detected, and CDC considers the risk to public health from the North American H7N9 to be low, based on past instances. The company operating the Giles County farm is different from the breeder facility located in Lincoln County that was confirmed on Sunday to have the high pathogenic strain of the (H7N9 HPAI) avian flu.

The Giles County chicken flock has been killed and investigators are testing nearby poultry facilities.

"Even though Nebraska has had no known cases of this disease this year, we want poultry producers to be aware of the situation in Tennessee and remain vigilant when it comes to the health of their flocks" state Veterinarian Dennis Hughes said in the release.

For farmers, biosecurity is a preventative approach used to minimize the introduction or spread of disease-causing organisms like viruses or bacteria.

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As a precaution, the affected flock was depopulated and has been buried. The organization is also encouraging commercial and backyard poultry producers to continue following biosecurity measures on their farm recommended by the USDA to prevent flocks from getting the disease. The H7 avian influenza found can be deadly to both chickens as well as turkeys.

In light of the recent outbreaks, Barron County Emergency Services is urging all poultry owners to increase their biosecurity efforts on their farms, regardless of size. The main difference in the two types of "bird flu" is that LPAI may affect birds very little, while HPAI kills them. That outbreak infected more than 100 farms in the state, forced the destruction of millions of birds and cost the state economy almost $650 million.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spokesman said that the agency has found no evidence that ducks or geese have spread bird flu to poultry farms. In fact, the shares have fallen nearly 2.6% to $61.92 as of Mar 8, 2017 since the news of bird flu broke out on Mar 5, 2017.

A poultry farm in Giles County has tested positive for bird flu.

Second outbreak of bird flu confirmed in Middle Tennessee