Avian Flu Cases Now Confirmed in 5 StatesMarch 9, 2015
H5N2, commonly known as “Avian Flu” or “Bird Flu,” has been confirmed in turkeys in multiple Missouri facilities. This strain of the virus is deadly to poultry but poses no significant threat to humans at this time. In order to minimize any public health concern, the affected facilities have been quarantined.
As an added precaution, the Missouri Department of Health has plans to monitor workers who were potentially exposed to the virus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will also be sending representatives to help assess and contain the issue.
With these Missouri facilities, the total number of states with confirmed Avian Flu cases now stands at five. The same strain of the virus had been identified earlier this year in Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.
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