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US detects its first case of virulent bird flu in commercial poultry since 2017

The US Department of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of virulent avian flu in commercial poultry since 2017.

10 April 2020, at 4:16pm

The agency found H7N3 avian influenza, a virulent or highly pathogenic strain, in a turkey flock in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, according to a statement. No human cases of the virus have been detected and there is no immediate public health concern, the USDA said.

The worst-ever US outbreak of avian flu in 2014 and 2015 killed about 50 million birds, most of which were egg-laying hens in Iowa.