Alabama Officials Investigate Avian Flu Detections

US - Alabama agriculture officials are investigating suspected avian flu outbreaks at three locations in the northern part of the state, close to where H7N9 outbreaks — one highly pathogenic and one low pathogenic — were recently reported on two Tennessee farms.
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State officials in Alabama were already on high alert for avian flu, because parts of the state were in the control zone that had been placed around the Tennessee outbreak area. Alabama authorities have not said what avian flu strain is suspected, but they noted that samples are on their way the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for further testing.

CIDRAP reports that Alabama's Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) announced a stop movement for certain poultry.

Tony Frazier, DVM, Alabama's state veterinarian, said in a statement, "With three investigations of avian influenza in north Alabama on three separate premises we feel that the stop movement order is the most effective way to implement biosecurity for all poultry in our state."

Read the full article on the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) website here.

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