U.S. detects highly lethal bird flu at Kentucky chicken farm

A commercial chicken flock in Kentucky with 240,000 birds tested positive for a highly lethal form of avian flu, officials said on Monday, widening an outbreak that threatens the U.S.

Infections in the chickens being raised for meat will likely trigger more restrictions on U.S. poultry exports

After buyers like China and Korea limited purchases from Indiana last week due to an outbreak at a commercial turkey farm there.

The broiler chickens in Fulton County, Kentucky, located near the border with Tennessee

were infected with the same H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian flu as the turkeys in Indiana, Kentucky officials said.

They said it is Kentucky's first-ever outbreak of the highly lethal bird flu, which killed more than 50 million U.S. chickens and turkeys in 2015.

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