Thousands of turkeys affected after bird flu detected at Jaindl Farms | Lehigh Valley Regional News
N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – Bird flu hits turkey farm in Lehigh County.
The disease was discovered in a flock of turkeys in North Whitehall Township, according to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. State officials did not name the farms, but David Jaindl says 14,000 turkeys at Jaindl Farms were affected.
Authorities are setting up a containment zone and a surveillance zone around the farm to hopefully prevent the spread of the flu.
Many of the Jaindl turkeys destined for Thanksgiving were processed before the outbreak, Jaindl said.
“We are confident that we will have an adequate supply of turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said.
Jaindl says bird flu problems have reached 46 states and have affected 50 million birds nationwide as of February.
In Pennsylvania, there were 21 commercial flocks affected, 9 backyard flocks affected and more than 4.3 million birds affected by the outbreak, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
The latest two flocks confirmed Nov. 4 are a Lehigh County commercial turkey flock with 14,500 infected birds and a Dauphin County backyard flock with 130 birds, and there are three additional farms in Lehigh, Allegheny and Adams counties under special restrictions after confirmed infections, according to the department.
Detailed information on infected wild and domestic birds and affected farms is available from the USDA Web page. Poultry farmers in Pennsylvania can look up any nearby affected farms by address and learn the steps they need to take to protect their flocks and those of their neighbors.
Poultry in Pennsylvania continues to be threatened by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The disease is highly contagious to birds and almost always fatal, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these recent detections of HPAI in birds do not pose an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States. Products from any flock affected by HPAI are prohibited from entering the feed system.
Proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165˚F kills bacteria and viruses.
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