Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong have limited their imports of U.S poultry after the first case of bird flu was detected.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sunday that a highly pathogenic form of bird flu was confirmed Saturday in a flock of 73,500 breeding broiler chickens in Lincoln County, Tennessee, after hundreds of birds began dying.
Neither is a threat to the food supply, and no affected animals entered the food chain in either case, the state said.
Sick birds or unusual bird deaths can be reported to the state veterinarian at 828-2421 or to USDA at 1-866-536-7593.
On March 6, routine screening tests at the Giles County location showed the presence of bird flu in the flock. Though both viruses are the same H7N9 strain.
Thompson and Olson said improvements to flu response include a new state poultry testing laboratory in Willmar, center of the Minnesota turkey industry, which produces more birds than any other state.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture officials have reacted quickly. Hatcher said the virus poses little to no risk to humans. The USDA also uses the funds to kill any affected birds, as well as dispose of the bodies and clean the poultry farms, a process known as virus elimination and disinfection. Once they leave during the fall, that's when it's possible the virus might spread down the Mid-Atlantic.
"Low path avian influenza is similar in severity to the common cold in humans and will eventually clear from the flock without bird loss", Konkle said. "If HPAI does arrive, the potential impact is severe, so we stress immediate reporting of any unexplained poultry mortality". Domesticated poultry within ten kilometers of the Giles County farm is under quarantine.
"You could carry (the virus) back to your house, especially on your shoes and clothing", after visiting a place with droppings from waterfowl, who are especially prone to carry it, Strickland said.
H7N9 is the same name as a strain of the virus that has killed people in China. In fact, the shares have fallen nearly 2.6% to $61.92 as of Mar 8, 2017 since the news of bird flu broke out on Mar 5, 2017.