Health Officials Report Bird Flu at Asbury Turkey Farm - KOAM TV 7

Health Officials Report Bird Flu at Asbury Turkey Farm

The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the USDA are working on a plan to combat the spread of the disease after turkeys at a plant in Asbury contracted the deadly virus.

Although there is no public health risk for humans, it can devastate bird populations.

Health officials have forced Butterball growers Joe and Cheryl Henry to quarantine all of their birds.

The farm on Thyme Rd. near the Asbury Power Plant will unfortunately have to kill all of their flock to stop the spread of disease.

This virus is the same H5N2 strain that has broken out in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Idaho, causing four dozen nations to ban Minnesota poultry.

University of Arkansas' Center for Food Animal Well-Being says this strain is very pathogenic and farmers should watch out for the following signs:

"If you have a bird coughing at this point, doesn't seem to be eating, is acting abnormally, seems lethargic that I would be concerned and in that case talk to my veterinarian about having the bird tested,” says Professor and Director Yvonne Thaxton.

Birds contract the flu, similar to the same way humans do. Officials have not said which bird they suspect is carrying the virus, but bird flu is typically spread by waterfowl like geese and ducks who are currently migrating across the Mississippi flyway.
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