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NEWS: USDA; Contagious Strain of Bird Flu Found at Texas Chicken Farm

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posted on Feb, 23 2004 @ 12:01 PM
A highly contagious form of the Avian Flu, has been found in a Texas chicken farm and has spread to chicken markets in Houston. The new strain is not the same as the deadly strain plaguing Asia. The flock has been destroyed.

It is the first time since 1983-84 that high-pathogenic avian flu has been found in the United States, DeHaven said. The name and location of the chicken farm wasn't revealed. The farm's flock was destroyed during the weekend but birds from that flock already had been sent to two live bird markets in Houston, DeHaven said.

Two other strains of bird flu have turned up in recent weeks in the East. One was detected at a farm in central Pennsylvania, and the other was found at two farms in Delaware and at live bird markets in New Jersey. None of those strains resembles the H5N1 virus that has jumped to humans in Asia.

Related ATSNN article:
Bird Flu on Four Delaware Farms


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