Bird Flu Found at Another Tennessee Farm

TENNESSEE, US - Avian flu has been found at another poultry farm in Tennessee. It is a low-pathogenic form, and the flu virus is the same as that found last week at another farm in the state.
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Tennessee and federal authorities are investigating a Lincoln County poultry farm after tests found a strain of avian influenza virus, according to WATE.

The Tennessee Agriculture Department said in a statement on 4 May that the strain poses minimal risk to human health and is not the strain associated with human and poultry outbreaks in other countries. Officials said the strain can cause slight illness in poultry.

A preliminary test on 1 May indicated the possibility of avian flu on the farm. Additional testing was completed by the US Department of Agriculture. The farm provides breeding stock for poultry farms and none of the poultry have entered the food supply.

State officials told WATE this is the same strain found on a poultry farm in Giles County last week but there is no apparent connection.

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