Bird Flu Detected in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Poultry Foundation reported the first confirmed bird flu case in the State’s domestic poultry.

Georgia is often called the “Poultry Capital of World.”

The disease was found in a flock of chickens at a commercial breeding operation in Chattooga County. The strain detected was H7, presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza.

Owners of poultry flocks are being encouraged to closely observe their birds and to report a sudden increase in the sickness or death of birds to the veterinarian’s office.

The disease was identified during a routine pre-sale screening. There had already been confirmations of the disease in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Authorities in Georgia are monitoring other flocks. The disease does not pose a risk to the food supply and no affected animals entered the food chain.

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