Bird flu outbreaks should not affect price of chicken in Alabama

The first two locations of avian flu were discovered at a commercial chicken operation in Lauderdale County, Ala.

In the most recent suspected findings of bird flu in north Alabama, the Department of Public Health is taking on the role of supporting the State Department of Agriculture.

Samples from both premises were sent to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, to be tested for the virus.

The order, he said, "is the most effective way to implement biosecurity for all poultry in our state".

A case of avian flu at a Tennessee farm has been identified as highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza, while distinct from an infectious variety in China.

Tony Frazier issued a stop movement order for certain poultry in Alabama, which he announced publicly during a press conference in Montgomery March 14. Other samples were collected at the TaCo-Bet Trade Day flea market in Jackson County on March 12.

The move comes after one neighboring state, Tennessee, reported bird flu last week near the Alabama border.

As for those potential cases of bird flu in Alabama, Hess says those were discovered through routine surveillance.

The state of Tennessee has confirmed another case of avian influenza, a low pathogenic variant.

The ADAI said it and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are working together closely on a joint incident response.

One of the suspected outbreaks involves a commercial breeder operation in Lauderdale County, located in the far northwestern corner of the state where birds haven't shown significant mortality. "Our staff is committed to staying actively involved in the avian influenza situation until any threats are addressed".

Alabama is the second largest poultry producer in the country.

The type is "a different virus and is genetically distinct" from China's H7N9 avian-flu strain that has sickened poultry and infected humans in Asia, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.