VDACS News Releases
March 6, 2017
USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza in a Commercial Flock in Tennessee
Virginia urges strict biosecurity to protect the state’s commercial birds and backyard flocks
Contact: Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686
The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) of North American wild bird lineage in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Lincoln County, TN. This strain is not a concern for human health. The flock of 73,500 is located within the Mississippi flyway. State officials quarantined the affected premises and birds on the property were depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.
Dr. Charles Broaddus, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), advises bird owners to protect their flocks by the following:
For more information about biosecurity measures and plans, or to report increased poultry mortality, flock owners should contact the VDACS State Veterinarian’s Office at 804.692.0601 or their local Office of Veterinary Services at one of the Regional Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories. Go to vdacs.virginia.gov and click on the biosecurity button on the rotating slide show – slides change every five seconds - or type “biosecurity” in the search bar. To review biosecurity actions, go to uspoultry.org/animal_husbandry/intro.cfm.
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