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Avian influenza control zone released

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

The state veterinarian has released the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) Wednesday.

The statewide poultry health advisory is also lifted, and poultry owners can now resume regular activity.

“We have determined through extensive testing that HPAI has not spread to other poultry flocks in our 10-kilometer control zone,” State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “Poultry owners across Tennessee should continue to monitor their flocks and immediately report any spike in illness or death.”

On March 4, the first confirmed detection of H7N9 HPAI occurred in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County. On March 14, samples from a commercial flock on a premises less than two miles away also tested positive for the same strain of avian influenza.

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