Bird flu Disease confirmed in fourth US state
Georgia takes steps to protect poultry from bird flu poultry contributes $25.9 bn to Georgia’s economy and accounts for more than 100,000 jobs in the state. The low-pathogenic strain of the H7 avian flu is less worrisome than the high-pathogenic flu, which is “the one that is deadly to our poultry flock,” Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Julie McPeake said.
This particular strain, however, has the potential to mutate into the high-pathogenic, which is why the state is taking no risks. The risk of a human becoming ill with avian influenza during poultry illness incidents is very low, according to the Georgia Department of Health.
A similar strain of the virus was previously found in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. The diagnosis was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Black had already announced a ban on poultry exhibitions, sales at local fairs and festivals because of the threat of avian flu.