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An infectious and fatal strain of bird flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in South Carolina, the first case of the more serious strain of the disease in the United States since 2017 and a worrisome development for an industry that was devastated by previous outbreaks.

The high pathogenic case was found at an operation in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, marking the first case of the more dangerous strain since one found in a Tennessee chicken flock in 2017. In 2015, an estimated 50 million poultry had to be killed at operations mainly in the Upper Midwest after infections spread throughout the region.

“Yes, it’s concerning when we see cases, but we are prepared to respond very quickly and that was done in this case,” said Lyndsay Cole, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The USDA has been working in recent months with scientists and farmers in North Carolina and South Carolina, where a low pathogenic — or less severe — strain of bird flu had been detected.

Low pathogenic bird flu causes few clinical signs in infected birds. However, two strains of low pathogenic bird flu — the H5 and H7 strains — can mutate into highly pathogenic forms, which are frequently fatal to birds and easily transmissible between susceptible species.


A laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the virus with that had been killing turkeys was a high pathogenic H7N3 strain of avian influenza.

A report on the outbreak indicates in was discovered on April 6. It has killed 1,583 turkeys and the remainder of the 32,577 birds in the flock were euthanized.


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38 minutes ago, ThreePi said:

Can we call this the "South Carolina Virus" to emphasize the unsanitary backwoods region it came from?

I thought it was fair to call it the american flu, redneck flu or trump flu. Because it's only fair to do it as an act to criticize the country in which it is found. :|


(i'm not serious, it should really be referred to as it's proper strain name or avian influenza.)


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Just wanted to add a bit of context to odhen's PBS article about HP bird flu in SC.  About a month ago low path avian influenza (LPAI) was detected in NC (by our lab).  It was determined that it was a strain from the wild migratory birds and our testing zones were established and flocks were culled.  Some of that testing zone was in SC due to how close some of the farms were to the border (mostly south of Charlotte).  That was when, due to the testing zones in SC that they detected it in the farms there.  Now by this time we are testing hundreds of samples a day to clear farms to ship their birds and the infected houses have been depopulated, we find out that the spread of the disease may have originated from the farms in SC which means that the infection has been undetected in their bird population for longer.  The reason the USDA wants to eradicate LPAI in the bird population is because it can turn into HPAI very easily.  So now it looks like due to the AI being in the SC bird population for the last month+ they now have a HPAI outbreak.  We got a sample in NC just the other day with high mortality at the farm and they were convinced that it was the HPAI strain from SC spread to NC just like the LPAI was.  But the sample tested negative and I'm hoping that NC stays that way.

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