Bird flu confirmed at nine more turkey farms in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 16, 2016)–Nine more commercial turkey farms in Dubois County have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Ten commercial turkey operations are now dealing with the bird flu.

All infected flocks are located in Dubois County.

State Health officials say further testing is underway to determine the virus type.

Poultry and eggs are still safe to eat according to the Centers for Disease Control.  The risk of illness to humans is considered to be very low.

Turkeys at the affected sites are being destroyed.

Poultry owners are encouraged to recognize the signs of avian influenza and report illness or death to the USDA Healthy Birds Hotline: 866-536-7593.

Signs include: sudden death without clinical signs; lack of energy or appetite; decreased egg production; soft-shelled or misshapen eggs; swelling or purple discoloration of head, eyelids, comb, hocks; nasal discharge; coughing; sneezing; incoordination; and diarrhea. A great resource for backyard bird health information is online at:http://www.healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov

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