The Tennessee chicken farm is under quarantine, along with approximately 30 other poultry farms within a 6-mile radius of it.
Tyson Foods said it was "responding aggressively" to the outbreak and was working with state and federal officials to contain the virus by culling the flock.
It was the first confirmed case of H7 strain in the United States this year and the first ever in Tennessee, government officials said. The company said that it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted, but the outbreak sent jitters through Wall Street. In the event the epidemic rears its ugly head at one of the company's farms, the CFO Mike Cockrell assures that it will take stringent action, which include reducing contact of people with the birds along with disinfecting any vehicle that makes its way to the farm.
No transmission to humans was reported during the outbreak that affected commercial poultry farms in the Midwestern United States in 2015.
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In a Virginia Department of Agriculture release, state veterinarian Dr. Charles Broaddus reminds farmers not to share equipment between flocks, to prevent poultry from accessing areas where waterfowl may be present and to wear clean clothes when handling poultry.
Officials said the biggest threat with humans handling infected birds comes from them also handling healthy birds, which will spread the virus quickly to flocks. Tennessee's Department of Agriculture is not identifying the farm where the chickens were destroyed.
AVA has suspended the imports of poultry, poultry products, processed eggs and live birds from the Lincoln County in Tennessee, and the 10km restricted area around the affected premises in Barron County, Wisconsin.
A low-pathogenic bird flu strain has been detected in a Jennie-O Turkey Store operation in Barron, Wis., marking the second bird flu case in a US commercial operation this week. The news of the onset of Avian Flu, was spotted at a farm in Southern Tennessee and is the first incident in a year. Most cases of human bird flu infections are due to contact with infected poultry or surfaces that are contaminated with infected bird excretions: saliva, nasal secretions and feces.