Second turkey farm test positive for bird flu

DUBOIS CO. – The Indiana Board of Animal Health says there is a presumptive positive of avian influenza at a second turkey farm in Dubois County.

The second farm is not far from where state and federal regulators discovered the first cases last week.

The BOAH is considering the case at the second farm to be a presumptive-positive case and samples are currently being verified at the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

The agency says the pending test results should indicate if the virus is the same as the first farm and if it is also highly pathogenic.

The second farm, which was already under quarantine because of its proximity to the first turkey farm, has more than 26,000 turkeys. The BOAH says the flock was tested after the owner noticed the birds weren’t drinking as much water, which is a “clinical sign of avian influenza.”

Nearly 26 thousand turkeys at the second farm will be destroyed.

Avian influenza does not present a food safety risk; poultry and eggs are safe to eat when handled and cooked properly.

No human cases of avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.

The farm has been quarantined and its 26,000 turkeys will be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.