USDA confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey farm in Virginia, the second such incident in the space of a week.
The latest HPAI outbreak affected 10,700 turkeys at a farm in Rockingham County, Va., and is the second in the Shenandoah Valley at a commercial turkey farm in January, USDA reported.
The earlier outbreak, also in Rockingham County, affected 25,300 birds, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that also was confirmed by USDA. The turkeys in that incident were culled to prevent the spread of the virus and represented the first such HPAI outbreak in the state.
Unlike the 17 states where USDA has confirmed at least one HPAI outbreak since late 2021, the Virginia outbreaks have affected only commercial poultry operations as infections nationwide continue to show only moderate signs of slowing down.
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