The company said it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted.
Tennessee's broiler production is too small to rank it in the top five USA producing states but it is the third-largest generator of cash receipts in agriculture for the state.
The last major USA outbreak of bird flu infected a flock of turkeys in IN in 2016. Growers are encouraged to properly suit up before they enter a chicken house, and ensure the chickens do not come in contact with people or birds who don't belong on the firm. "AVA would like to reassure the public that poultry in Singapore are free from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and are safe for consumption", the agency said.
The worst-ever USA outbreak of avian flu in 2014 and 2015 killed about 50 million birds, most of which were egg-laying hens in Iowa, but left the southeastern United States largely unscathed.
The main concern over the spread of HPAI is its ability to wipe out a massive number of birds and that forces price increases on chicken products. The agriculture departments' statements did not identify the facility involved, saying only that it was in Lincoln County, whose largest city is Fayetteville.
Tennessee agriculture officials said the virus does not pose a risk to the food supply, and it is unlikely it will be transmitted to humans although precautions are being taken to monitor workers at the infected facility.
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Testing was done by state and federal laboratories, confirming the presence of H7 HPAI.
The affected Tennessee site has been placed under quarantine and the flock will be destroyed to prevent the disease's spread.
According to the CDC, symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat and pneumonia and while there are many strains, only the H5, H7 and H10 have been fatal in humans.
Most of Lincoln County borders Madison County, Alabama, though the county's western edge borders the eastern-most part of Limestone County.
"We are moving quickly and aggressively to prevent the virus from spreading", Dr. Charles Hatcher, state veterinarian, told WAFF. Shere said it's possible the birds could have contracted the flu from a nearby pond where migrating water fowl were known to visit. The news of the onset of Avian Flu, was spotted at a farm in Southern Tennessee and is the first incident in a year.