40,000 chickens killed due to bird flu in Powellville, Maryland, USA

Bird Flu

A poultry farm in Wicomico County had an inconclusive test for avian influenza, leading to 40,000 chickens being put down at a farm in Powellville.

The farm was experiencing “higher than normal mortality” and was submitted to the Maryland Department of Agriculture laboratory for a disease screening, according to a release from Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Disease screenings include testing for bird flu.

Bird flu is a viral disease that affects multiple species throughout the world, according the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The risk of infecting humans is very low and is often limited only to the people in direct contact with the birds, although occasionally other people have been affected.

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