February 15, 2022


Bird flu detected among Tyson Foods' chickens



US government officials have detected highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among 240,000 chickens at a farm in Fulton County, Kentucky state owned by Tyson Foods, Reuters reported.


China has imposed a ban on chicken imports from Kentucky. Last week, China and South Korea banned poultry purchases from Indiana state after bird flu was detected at a commercial turkey farm there.


Officials said it is Kentucky's first bird flu outbreak, adding that infected flock will be culled.


Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company is working with the government to prevent the disease from spreading and will increase safety measures at other local farms.


Mickelson said the outbreak will not lower Tyson Foods' chicken production levels.


Kentucky officials are awaiting test results for another suspected outbreak at a turkey farm in Webster County, Kentucky. The US Department of Agriculture said bird flu was detected among backyard flock of birds in Fauquier County, Virginia state, that have already been culled.


-      Reuters

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