Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

USDA Reports Virulent Strain of Avian Flu in Kansas Poultry

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

USDA Reports Virulent Strain of Avian Flu in Kansas Poultry

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CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming that the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country.

The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada.

The infection, confirmed on Friday by the Agriculture Department, was the first case in an established migratory bird route, known as the central flyway, that stretches roughly north-south from Montana to Texas.

Kansas officials quarantined the infected property in Leavenworth County, and birds there will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease. A quarantine zone will be established for miles around the site to limit the movement of poultry.

"We are dedicated to providing the necessary assistance and precautions to avoid any possible spreading of the disease," said Bill Brown, Kansas' animal health commissioner,

The USDA will inform international trading partners and an international animal health organization of the infection. …

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