Bird Flu Hits Tyson Foods Supplier in Tennessee

Posted March 08, 2017

Tyson Foods, Inc. also notes that all chickens in farms within a six-mile radius of the Tennessee location will be tested for bird flu.

Tyson says it is "responding aggressively", working with officials to contain the virus and plans on meeting all customers' needs.

It's the first confirmed case of the highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza this year. Live poultry and eggs are subject to the ban, while heat-treated chicken meat and egg products can still be imported, the statement noted.

Delmarva chicken growers are being put on notice about avian flu after the discovery during the weekend that a flock had become infected in Tennessee. It can travel in wild birds without them appearing to be sick. Previous Tennessee flocks have been detected with low pathogen avian influenza in the past.

"This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States this year", it said in a statement.

Bird flu rarely infects people unless they are in extremely close proximity to poultry and the virus does not spread easily or at all from person to person. The source of the bird flu outbreak in Lincoln County hasn't been identified. The highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza, or HPAI, is of wild bird lineage, officials said.

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The ban, however, will not be implemented on birds or poultry products from the two USA states that had already been loaded aboard ships or planes destined for Taiwan prior to Monday, according to the bureau. It led to the destruction of almost 50 million birds to stem the spread of the disease to other flocks, sending the cost of eggs and turkeys skyward.

A commercial Tyson farm in Alabama that borders Lincoln County tested negative, officials said in a news release.

"Animal health is our top priority", said Tennessee state veterinarian Charles Hatcher.

Tyson employees who come in contact with live birds received additional training specifically created to help protect against the spread of avian flu.

Of eight chicken houses on the farm in Tennessee, one became infected, said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, an industry group. But countries especially hit hard by bird flu this winter have also seen their fair share of human cases and deaths.