Alabama agriculture officials confirm bird flu case in Jackson County

Alabama agriculture officials confirm bird flu case in Jackson County

The fowl in question was depopulated.

The other premise was a backyard flock in Madison County.

According to USDA, both cases are considered presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza because neither flock showed signs of illness.

Alabama and other neighboring states are on high alert after two confirmed cases on avian flu in Tennessee.

The order effective March 15 comes "due to recent confirmation of avian influenza in the state of Tennessee and with three investigations of avian influenza in North Alabama", Frazier said. Offcials say this is not the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia.

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The Alabama cases followed, but were not directly related to, the first confirmed cases this year of "highly pathogenic" avian flu just north of the Tennessee line.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) said the second outbreak location was in the existing control zone, adding that depopulation began on Mar 14 after initial tests confirmed the virus. This includes, but is not limited to, poultry exhibitions or sales at regional and county fairs, festivals, swap meets, exotic sales and live bird markets, flea markets and auctions. He also said the birds involved were waterfowl and consisted primarily of ducks and geese. Shipments of baby chicks from National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) approved facilities are not affected by this order.

"There is no risk for people", a state spokeswoman said.

"The health of poultry is critically important at this time", Dr.

Officials said Neither HPAI nor LPAI pose a risk to the food supply. Hess also said the outbreak shouldn't affect price or availability of poultry.

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Alabama agriculture officials say a ban on selling and moving poultry doesn't affect commercial chicken farmers.

"We do have a problem with avian influenza in Alabama", Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said during a news conference on Tuesday.

· Report a sudden increase in the number of sick birds or bird deaths to the state veterinarian's office at 615- 837-5120 and/or USDA at 1-866-536-7593.

State and federal officials continue to monitor and test poultry located in the areas immediately surrounding the three affected premises.

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