Avian Flu Found in Western Ky Poultry Flock

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The Alabama State Department of Agriculture and Industries confirms a flock of chickens at a poultry farm in Pickens County tested positive for Avian Influenza.

Alabama poultry is now under a "stop movement" order in an effort to prevent any possible spread of bird flu. "With confirmed cases of low pathogenic avian influenza in Alabama in both commercial and backyard flocks, the order reducing the assembly and commingling of poultry is the most effective way to practice strict biosecurity measures in our state". The broiler flock of 22,000 hens was asymptomatic, but has been culled. "They have an excellent working relationship with the Kentucky Poultry Federation and the poultry industry".

Last week, a sample collected from a guinea fowl at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Scottsboro also tested positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to work closely with the ADAI on a joint incident response. Stout said. The company that operates the farm is conducting additional surveillance testing on other commercial facilities it operates within that area.

Alabama's state veterinarian recently announced that chickens are under quarantine after testing positive for the disease at a commercial breeding operation in Pickens County, near the MS state line. "The best way to protect your birds is to increase your biosecurity measures and particularly, to keep your birds at home for now".

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"Dr. Stout and his staff have extensive experience and expertise in animal disease control and eradication", said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

State officials say no infected birds have entered the nation's poultry supply, and the USA food chain isn't at risk. Even if the eggs or poultry were contaminated, proper cooking would kill the virus.

According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama's poultry and egg business generates more than $15 billion a year for the state, as well as more than 85,000 jobs.