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Report: Avian Flu confirmed in Arkansas

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BOONE COUNTY, Ark. (KFSM)– A report from the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission confirms a case of Avian Flu in Arkansas.

On Sunday (March 8), the commission was notified of a possible case of Avian Flu in a commercial turkey flock in Boone County, officials said.

The birds were quarantined and samples were sent to a state lab, the report states. The samples tested positive for Avian Flu and were sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab (NVSL) for final confirmation, according to the report. On Tuesday evening (March 10), the NVSL confirmed the presence of H5N2 Avian Flu in the samples, according to the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission.

The commission says it will follow “strict USDA protocols” to depopulate the affected flock so that no affected birds will enter the food supply.

“Additionally, surveillance and testing procedures will be implemented at properties near the affected facility to ensure that the virus has not spread,” according to the report.

The Avian Flu virus is not known to cause illness in humans, according to the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission.

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