USDA uncovers new findings on Tennessee avian flu breakout

A case of avian flu at a Tennessee farm has been identified as highly pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza, while distinct from an infectious variety in China.

The type is “a different virus and is genetically distinct” from China’s H7N9 avian-flu strain that has sickened poultry and infected humans in Asia, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The variety found in the U.S. is from North American wild bird lineage.

Full text available to subscribers only. If you are currently an online subscriber, you can login here. To subscribe, please follow this link.