Arkansas Chicken Tests Positive for Avian Flu

19 June 2013, at 9:37am

US - The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission received confirmation on 18 June that a chicken in a Scott County, Arkansas, chicken house has tested positive for H7N7 low pathogenic avian influenza.

Thirty Livestock and Poultry personnel have quarantined all poultry within a 6.2-mile radius of the growing operation where the infected bird was located, according to the State Governor, Mike Beebe. They are coordinating their response and additional testing with the US Department of Agriculture. Only the USDA can officially confirm avian flu cases.

Chickens tend to contract avian flu via infected waterfowl or water contaminated by waterfowl. Livestock and Poultry officials believe the recent flooding in Scott County contributed to this transmission.

Leaders at the Arkansas Department of Health say the positive test poses no public-health threat.

Avian flu cannot be transmitted to people through the consumption of properly prepared poultry.

Further Reading

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