Low-Path Bird Flu Found in Tennessee

TENNESSEE, US - Birds on a farm in Giles County have been found to have the avian influenza virus. An official commented the virus poses no threat to human health.
calendar icon 1 May 2009
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Two poultry houses belonging to one farm in Giles County are infected with the avian influenza virus, reports WKSR. That was the determination of state officials following testing earlier this week.

According to Giles County EMA Director, Barry Whitt, the case first came to light on 27 April. State officials came in and ran tests on some of the birds and made their determination on 29 April. Mr Whitt says that the outbreak is confined to the two barns that are located on the same property.

"This particular strain is confined to the animals only and is not spread to people," says Mr Whitt. "The public is not in any danger."

Mr Whitt is coordinating with state officials on the next step to take. The EMA Director says that the plan is for the state to provide the chemicals and the manpower to clean and decontaminate the area. The Giles County Fire and Rescue Decontamination crew will supply equipment and assistance when the clean-up begins.

Mr Whitt said that he will be meeting with state officials to determine when the clean-up will begin.

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