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Bird Flu Returns to U.S. Poultry Industry With Indiana Case

  • USDA says strain is different from those in 2015 outbreak
  • Shares of Pilgrim's Pride, Tyson Foods drop; Cal-Maine jumps
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The U.S. government confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana, the country’s first case since the end of last year’s outbreak that led to the destruction of 50 million animals.

The H7N8 strain discovered at a 60,000-bird flock in Dubois County is different from those that caused last year’s outbreak, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service said Friday in a statement on its website. Federal and state authorities are monitoring and testing the nearby area, it said, without naming the exact site.