USA, Atlanta, Georgia. Young broilers are seen in a Georgia chicken house in 2012. The state announced that a low pathonegic strain of avian flu was discovered in a Georgia chicken processing plant. This was reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC).
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.