The state of Arkansas is facing a case of avian flu recently found in a commercial turkey flock in northern Arkansas, the director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said Wednesday.
In a press release, Bruce Holland said officials were notified Sunday about the virus, which is not known to cause disease in human beings.
“The flock was immediately quarantined and samples were taken and brought to the state veterinary diagnostic lab. The samples tested positive for Avian Influenza and were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Lab for final confirmation. Late yesterday evening (Tuesday) the NVSL confirmed H5N2 Avian Influenza and now the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission will follow strict USDA protocols to depopulate the affected flock so that no affected birds will enter the food supply,” Holland, a former state senator, said.
Also, surveillance and testing procedures will be implemented at properties near the affected facility to insure that the virus has not spread.
The birds afflicted with the disease are expected to be destroyed so that no birds will enter the food supply.
The disease, which is lethal to birds, has been found in several states, including Missouri earlier this month.