US detects its first case of virulent H7N3 bird flu in commercial poultry since 2017

 khaleejtimes.com  04/10/2020 05:57:30   Reuters

Reuters

Filed on April 10, 2020 | Last updated on April 10, 2020 at 09.01 am
H7N3, bird flu, poultry

No human cases of the virus have been detected .

The US Department of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of virulent avian flu in commercial poultry since 2017.The agency found H7N3 avian influenza, a virulent or highly pathogenic strain, in a turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, according to a statement. No human cases of the virus have been detected and there is no immediate public health concern, the USDA said.

The worst-ever US outbreak of avian flu in 2014 and 2015 killed about 50 million birds, most of which were egg-laying hens in Iowa.


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