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HPAI has been confirmed in Missouri

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed on a commercial broiler farm in western Missouri.

Ag Director Chris Chinn tells Brownfield the first case of the fall was confirmed in Benton County. 

“It was a commercial broiler-breeder flock. Approximately 16,000 birds were in the flock. The producer noticed a sudden increase in mortality in the flock, did the right thing, notified their veterinarian and went under quarantine immediately. The farm was tested and it came back positive.”

Chinn says there‚Äôs no other pending HPAI outbreaks in the state and she says farmers are practicing good biosecurity. 

“Working with their veterinarians to make sure they’re doing what they can to protect water and feed supplies for their birds, making sure they eliminate contact with wild birds and watching their shoes.”

Chinn says there have been several HPAI outbreaks happening along the central flyway of the migratory bird pattern and if farmers notice odd behaviors from birds to contact a local veterinarian or agriculture department.

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