New York Authorities Confirmed Cases of Bird Flu

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Highly pathogenic bird flu has been detected in a flock of non-commercial backyard birds on Long Island in New York, federal authorities confirmed Saturday.

Samples from the flock were analyzed at Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center and the results were confirmed at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

New York state authorities have isolated the site in Suffolk County and the birds on the affected properties “will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement in which it stressed that those birds will not enter the food system.

The virus was detected in commercial turkey farms in southern Indiana, in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Kentucky, and in a flock of various backyard bird species in northern Virginia.

State officials in Indiana on Saturday confirmed detection of the virus in a fourth commercial flock of chickens in that state. Authorities have begun culling the 15,200 birds on the farm where the most recent problem was detected to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the recent detection of bird flu does not currently raise public health concerns. No human cases of the virus have been detected in the United States, according to the USDA.

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