Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Avian influenza in Delaware state

11 February, 2004

USA authorities destroyed a flock of nearly 74,000 chickens after confirming a second case of Avian influenza in Delaware state.
The latest infection was found in a flock of 73,800 roaster-type chickens in the eastern state's Sussex county. All of the four-and-a-half-week-old birds were destroyed the same day.
The two affected farms are about five miles (eight kilometers) apart.
Several countries, including Russia, South Korea, Japan and Poland, banned imports of US chickens following Delaware's first case of bird influenza. China suspended US poultry imports following Tuesday's US case.
Japan partially lifted the ban on Tuesday but said it would continue to enforce it for Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island states. A strain of bird flu was found in Connecticut and Rhode Island last year.
The United States is the fourth biggest exporter of chickens to Japan following Thailand, China and Brazil.