DPI News Release
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Extra Vigilance Needed in Delmarva's Chicken Industry
Georgetown, DE - Mar. 06, 2017 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Avian influenza among chickens can be a highly contagious, easily spread, industry-threatening, respiratory disease.
What was detected in Tennessee was a North American wild bird lineage virus. The flock of 73,500 birds is located within the Mississippi flyway. This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry in the America this year.
Tennessee officials have quarantined the affected premises. The birds on the farm will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease, and the birds will not enter the food system.
This Tennessee discovery means all segments of Delmarva's chicken industry need to increase efforts to prevent the introduction of an avian influenza virus into chicken houses. Chicken growers, suppliers of products and services, and all others in Delmarva's chicken industry have a role to play.
It is each grower's responsibility to prevent the introduction of the potentially deadly virus into chicken houses. Growers are the first line of defense and each grower should examine his/her biosecurity plans and make sure adequate steps are in place now to prevent an avian influenza episode. Growers should not count on others to protect their farms and their families' financial futures.Growers should:
Without adequate biosecurity plans in place, growers and others in the chicken industry might suffer severe financial hardship if avian influenza is detected a Delmarva farm.
It is up to Delmarva's chicken growers to protect their investments. Growers cannot leave it up to others.
Further information on biosecurity measures can be found on this U.S. Department of Agriculture website: www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/defendtheflock
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