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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bird flu case reported in Arkansas

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 11:21 AM

A news release from the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission says a case of bird flu has been found in a commercial turkey flock in northern Arkansas.

The release:

On Sunday March 8, 2015 the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission was notified of a potential infection of Avian Influenza in a commercial turkey flock in northern Arkansas. The flock was immediately quarantined and samples were taken and brought to the state veterinary diagnostic lab. The samples tested positive for Avian Influenza and were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab for final confirmation. Late yesterday evening the NVSL confirmed H5N2 Avian Influenza and now the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission will  follow strict USDA protocols to depopulate the affected flock so that no affected birds will enter the food supply. Additionally, surveillance and testing procedures will be implemented at properties near the affected facility to insure that the virus has not spread. The virus is not known to cause disease in humans.

The flu has cropped up recently in several states, including Missouri.

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