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Wicomico County Poultry Flock Cleared of Avian Influenza

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SALISBURY, Md.- Following inconclusive screening results earlier this month, increased surveillance and further testing have cleared a Wicomico County commercial flock of chickens of avian influenza, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. 

Additional testing from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed negative test results for the suspect flock and the poultry farm was given the all clear. And screening of nearby farms were also all negative, according to the MDA. 

Out of an abundance of caution following the inconclusive result, the decision was made to put down 40,000 chickens of the suspect flock. The MDA said avian influenza is not a food safety or human health concern, but it is a very serious issue for the poultry business because of its impact on bird health.

“We are all relieved by the negative test result, and I am proud of the rapid and collaborative response to this event,” said Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder. “This has demonstrated that our department is prepared to work with federal, state and industry partners to protect the chicken industry, which is a vital part of Delmarva’s economy.” 

For more information on avian influenza, visit Maryland Department of Agriculture’s website.

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