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Vietnam suspends chicken imports from USA for fear of bird flu outbreak

US frozen chicken certified as meeting food safety standards before being exported to Việt Nam US frozen chicken certified as meeting food safety standards before being exported to Việt Nam
Sammy Stanley | 18 March, 2017, 01:09

No significant mortality was found among the birds in the Lauderdale County commercial operation, Alabama's agriculture department said. "We will continue to execute our plan, working quickly to prevent the virus from spreading further", explained State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher.

A case of low-pathogenic avian influenza, which typically causes only minor symptoms in poultry, was also found last week in a commercial chicken flock in Giles County, Tennessee.

The first two suspected bird flu cases were on two separate premises in north Alabama: a flock of chickens at a commercial breeder in Lauderdale County and a backyard flock in Madison County.

Nationally, there have been a number of bird flu strains over the years, but no recorded cases of humans contacting the flu through consuming the birds. USDA poultry technicians collected samples from a flea market in Jackson County.

Samples from all three sites were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

The sample from the guinea fowl from Scottsboro tested positive for a low level of avian flu, the state Department of Agriculture and Industries said late Thursday afternoon.

The state has been actively planning in case such an outbreak occurs, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan told WHNT News 19.

Alabama is the second largest poultry producer in the country.

H7N9 avian influenza outbreaks earlier this month prompted a South Korean ban on poultry imports and a state poultry health advisory.

"Wild birds can carry this strain of avian influenza". A second is a backyard flock in Madison County. Ray Hilburn, associate director of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, told the news service that infected birds have been culled, but he didn't say how many.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has created a website (www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com) to assist backyard flock owners with maintaining healthy birds and to provide answers for avian influenza control.

Antibodies for bird flu were detected by Aviagen, but a spokeswoman for the company told Reuters that the flock reported "no evidence of clinical disease".

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