Bird flu forces slaughter of 39K turkeys at Missouri farm

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Posted: May 04, 2016 12:15 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — State agricultural officials say 39,000 turkeys at a southwest Missouri farm have been destroyed after avian flu was detected late last week.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1SMeFez ) reports the H5N1 strain of the virus is weaker than the H5N2 virus that led to the deaths of 48 million birds last year in Missouri and more than a dozen other states. It's also a different virus than the H7N8 strain found in Indiana this year.

A Missouri Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says the flu is a low-pathogenic variety, meaning the birds often show no or only minor symptoms and have a lesser mortality rate from the virus.

The state isn't identifying the quarantined Missouri farm, other than that it's in Jasper County. Commercial flocks within a six-mile radius have tested negative.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com