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Bird flu discovered at Northwest Georgia poultry farm

Staff Writer |
Stepped up monitoring is underway after a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Chattooga County, Ga., tested positive for bird flu.

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Some 18,000 birds were killed as a result of the discovery at the Northwest Georgia farm, which is the state's first reported outbreak since recent incidents in neighboring Tennessee and Alabama.

Georgia is the nation's largest commercial broiler breeder with poultry a $25.9 billion-a-year industry employing some 104,000 people.

Officials said H7, a presumptive low pathogenic avian influenza, was discovered after prior outbreaks this year in Middle Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

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