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Avian influenza tests continue here as strain is confirmed

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

As state officials have confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Giles County has tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI), they do not believe it is connected with the recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza here in Lincoln County.

The company operating it is a different company from the one associated with the operation here, officials said, adding that while they do not believe one of the premises sickened the other, the incidents are similar in that both the low pathogenic and highly pathogenic viruses are an H7N9 strain of avian influenza.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed that the H7N9 virus that affected the Lincoln County operation is of North American wild bird lineage. It is not the same as the China H7N9 virus affecting Asia and is genetically distinct.

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