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Stout quarantined the farm, which produces hatching eggs for Perdue Farms Inc. He said some 20,000 chickens have been euthanized.
"It does occur naturally in wild birds and it can spread to domestic birds, which is why we have the occurrence in Kentucky," said Cindy Ragin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "This is something that is not uncommon."
Stout declined to identify the farm, but he said it is near Brownsville in Edmondson County.
"There is no evidence that any infected poultry are in the human food supply as a result of this infection. We will do what is necessary to minimize the disruption to overseas trade."
Originally posted by dragonking76
I know a poultry pathologist, and I asked him back when this was a big issue what his view on it was.
He basically said that as long as the people cook their chicken thoroughly, there should be no problems, as it is passed from chicken to human usually through eating raw or blood from a chicken. This is also how salmonella poisoning can occur(though it is more uncommon than you'd think). After it goes to human, then there is the danger of other pathways of infection (human to human).
In the east, avian blood is consumed, raw sometimes. He says that bird flu is actually quite common. It's the jump from bird to man that is rare, and dangerous.
EDIT: actually chicken, duck, turkey, etc.
[edit on 13-4-2009 by dragonking76]
State Veterinarian Robert Stout said an outbreak of bird flu on a western Kentucky chicken farm did not spread to nearby backyard poultry flocks.
Stout said animal health workers tested flocks within a two-mile radius of the Brownsville chicken farm for signs of the "non-pathogenic or low-pathogenic" strain of avian in fluenza.
Especially since it is only the 2nd time this has happened in the US. Wow...