Third case of HPAI found in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A third case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in Tennessee.

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According to a news release, the newest case of HPAI, which is a highly transmissible disease known to be deadly for domesticated fowl, was found at a commercial chicken facility in Bledsoe County in East Tennessee.

Past cases in 2022 include chickens, geese, and ducks in Obion, Tipton counties.

“I cannot emphasize this enough—flock owners must be aware of the threat and focused on protecting their birds,” Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Beaty said. “HPAI is circulating in our environment and in the wild bird population. We anticipate more detections as we move through fall and into winter. Strong biosecurity is the best way to protect the health of backyard and commercial flocks.”

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says bird owners should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after interacting with domesticated birds.
  • Dedicate a pair of shoes to only be worn in coops or poultry houses and clean those shoes after each visit.
  • Regularly disinfect any equipment used in coops or poultry houses.
  • Deter wild birds from interacting with domesticated birds. Consider hanging pie pans or other noisemakers in trees or, if local rules allow, set off firecrackers intermittently or when you see vultures or geese on your property.
  • Look for signs of illness and report a sudden increase in the number of sick birds or bird deaths to the Tennessee State Veterinarian’s office at 615- 837-5120 and/or USDA at 1-866-536-7593.
  • Find more biosecurity tips and HPAI resources online at www.tn.gov/agriculture/businesses/animals/animal-health/avian-influenza.html.

The release says that HPAI doe snot pose a risk to food. However, no infected poultry will enter the food supply.

Read the full news release here. Find more about HPAI from the Centers for Disease Control here.

You can find more news from across the state here.

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