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HPAI detected in Kentucky

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a small backyard flock in Fayette County, Kentucky. 

This is the first case of the virus in the state since February of this year, when it was detected on commercial poultry operations in Fulton and Webster Counties. 

Kentucky Commissioner of Ag Ryan Quarles says poultry producers across the state should take the necessary precautions to protect their flocks as cases of Avian Influenza have been on the rise across the country.

State officials quarantined the affected premise and established a 6.2 mile surveillance zone around the property to determine if there are any further detections.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk and poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked properly. There is no risk to the food supply, but birds and eggs from the infected flocks will not enter the food system.

Kentucky State Veterinarian Dr. Katie Flynn says the state has activated its Avian Influenza response plan and are in active communication with state, federal, and industry partners.

Updates can be found at www. kyagr.com/HPAI.

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