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Georgia's first case of avian flu confirmed in commercial flock

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CHATTOOGA COUNTY, Ga. -- The first case of avian influenza in domestic poultry in Georgia has now been confirmed.

According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Chattooga County has tested positive for H7, the same strain of the avian flu that led to a Tennessee facility being quarantined and the flock being exterminated in early March.

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black said that H7 is a highly pathogenic strain of the disease.

A release from the Georgia Department of Agriculture states that the avian influenza does not pose a risk to the food supply nor did any of the affected animals enter the food chain.

The release states that the virus was found during routine pre-sale screening for the facility and as a precaution, the flock has been "depopulated." Officials are testing and monitoring nearby flocks and the Department of Agriculture says that no other flocks have tested positive or experienced any clinical signs of the virus.

An official order by the state veterinarian's office prohibiting poultry exhibitions and assembling of poultry to be sold remains in effect. For details on this order, click here.

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