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Avian Flu detection in Northern Alabama

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    Posted: March 15 2017 at 3:28pm
As far as I can tell this hasn't been picked up by my usual go-to (i.e. promedmail.org) but some friends mentioned seeing a news report of AI in northern Alabama. The news articles are <24 hours old or so but I have cobbled together this much so far:

  • Aviagen in Lauderdale County, a poultry breeding company, detected "antibodies for bird flu" in their flocks. They subsequently euthanized, though the flock showed no clinical disease manifestations.
  • A backyard flock was depopulated in Madison County.
  • A flea market in Scottsboro or Jackson County had a "possible bird flu" (too early to tell? what the hell does this mean?).
  • Neither LPAI or HPAI are confirmed, though without clinical manifestations and obvious speculation it's hard to imagine this is HPAI. All positive samples have been sent to USDA in Aimes, Iowa.
  • All of the above counties border Tennessee in some capacity, with Madison and Jackson bordering each other.
  • In response, show bird, auction poultry, exhibitions, and flea markets cannot be moved and non-commercial flocks kept in place.
Articles from most to least informative:

http://abc3340.com/news/local/avian-flu-suspected-in-three-counties-certain-poultry-cant-be-moved

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/15/bird-flu-suspected-in-alabama.html


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