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  • US - Highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza confirmed in commercial turkey flock - Spring 2020

    February 9, 2021

    A commercial turkey flock in South Carolina has tested positive for highly pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza (HPAI).


    The first confirmed case of HPAI in the US since 2017, officials from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) verified the virus’s presence at a farm in Chesterfield County on April 9.

    The USDA said it appears the strain mutated from a low pathogenic strain that has been found in poultry in the area recently.

    No human cases of the H7N3 avian influenza virus have been detected, and there is no immediate public health concern.

    The farm was put under quarantine after samples from the affected flock, which had experienced increased mortality, were tested at the Clemson Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

    As part of APHIS’s incidence response, state officials depopulated the farm to prevent the disease from spreading. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.

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