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Bird Flu Found At Tyson Foods Chicken Supplier

Bird Flu Found At Tyson Foods Chicken Supplier

The avian flu viruses in Tennessee were found to be the highly pathogenic H7 strain, he added.

Tennessee state officials have quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the property were depopulated to prevent the spread of the virus.

Tyson Foods Inc. said that it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted, but shares of the Springdale, Arkansas, food producer slid three percent in early trading Monday.

But the move excludes processed poultry products, such as pasteurised eggs and canned chicken products, which have been heat-treated to eliminate the virus. The disease travels through wild birds and there's a possibility that this outbreak could mean other farms in the area might be affected. No birds will enter the food system, the agency said.

The Department of Agriculture was alerted to an increase in the number of chicken deaths at a commercial facility on March 3. "We are moving quickly and aggressively to prevent the virus from spreading".


South Korea has also banned live poultry and egg imports from the U.S. after the discovery, the Agriculture Ministry said yesterday. Chicken flocks are culled as a preventive measure, often boosting the price of chicken and eggs at the supermarket. At this time, no other facilities are experiencing an increase in mortality rates due to HPAI. HPAI was found once a year ago at an IN turkey farm.

HPAI is contagious and deadly for chickens and turkeys. "All flocks located within a six-mile radius of the farm will be tested and will not be transported unless they test negative for the virus". Before this case, the last incident of bird flu was reported on a commercial turkey farm in IN in 2016.

HPAI was found once previous year at an IN turkey farm. This strain appears different from an outbreak in 2015 in the midwest, and no transmission to humans was reported then.

The strain of bird flu involved is the same that struck Midwestern poultry farms in 2015, hitting Minnesota and Iowa particularly hard and killing 48 million birds.


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