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Delmarva’s chicken community on alert for avian influenza

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GEORGETOWN, Del. — Maryland and Delaware have recently announced the detection of HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) in chickens on two Delmarva farms, including one broiler farm.

Federal laboratory testing has confirmed the two cases: a pullet operation in New Castle County, Del., and a broiler farm in Queen Anne’s County, Md. Following an investigation by the Delaware and Maryland Departments of Agriculture, the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed poultry from these farms tested positive for highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

This is the first time avian influenza has been detected in a Delmarva broiler farm since 2004. . .

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