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Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Another case of bird flu reported in Lincoln County

Another case of bird flu reported in Lincoln County

State agriculture officials issued that "stop movement" Wednesday as the investigation continues into three suspected cases of avian flu in the northern part of the state.

A statement from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries says no affected birds have entered the food chain. The flock that tested positive was less than two miles from the farm where bird flu was found earlier this month. The company is based in Alabama.

Hilburn said infected birds had been culled but did not know how many.

Frazier has been working closely with USDA and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture this past week.

"We know migratory birds are carrying this", Auburn University poultry science professor Ken Macklin said of the avian flu on Tuesday. Both counties are on the Tennessee border.

The advisory comes after the confirmed detection of H7N9 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a commercial poultry facility in Lincoln County March 4. It also would likely trigger more import bans from trading partners, after South Korea, Japan and other countries limited imports after the first highly pathogenic case in Tennessee.

It is not the same as the China H7N9 virus that has impacted poultry and infected humans in Asia, nor is it related to the virus that caused the 2015 US outbreak.

South Korea banned imports of all USA poultry following the Tennessee bird-flu findings, according to its agriculture ministry.

Health officials have said the risk of bird flu spreading to people from poultry or making food unsafe was low.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has created a website to assist backyard flock owners with maintaining healthy birds and to provide answers for avian influenza control. He also said the birds involved were waterfowl and consisted primarily of ducks and geese.

Frazier said the cases were still only suspected flu infections and needed to be confirmed by the USDA.

Amy Belcher, spokeswoman for the ADAI, said there are no epidemiologic connections between the outbreak locations in Tennessee and in Alabama, Reuters reported today.

Poultry is a $15.1 billion industry in Alabama with more than 86,000 jobs.

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