A second outbreak of bird flu has been identified in Middle Tennessee as the state veterinarian confirmed a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Giles County tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza.
However, the company that operates the breeding operation is a different business from the one associated with the recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in nearby Lincoln County. At this time, officials do not believe one premises sickened the other.
On Monday, routine screening tests at the premises in Giles County, just west of Lincoln County, indicated the presence of avian influenza in the flock. State and federal laboratories confirmed the existence of H7N9 LPAI in tested samples.
"This is why we test and monitor for avian influenza," State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. "When routine testing showed a problem at this facility, the operators immediately took action and notified our lab. That fast response is critical to stopping the spread of this virus."
As a precaution, the affected flock was depopulated and buried. The premises is under quarantine. Domesticated poultry within a 6.2-mile radius of the site are also under quarantine and are being tested and monitored for illness, officials said.
To date, all additional samples have tested negative for avian influenza and no other flocks within the area have shown signs of illness, according to officials.
See more in Friday's Times Free Press.