Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Missouri, USA - A flock of turkeys on a farm near Aurora has tested positive for avian influenza.

15 September, 2004

Ag Forte, an Aurora-based poultry company, has quarantined and will slaughter a flock of 14,000 turkeys after the birds tested positive for a strain of avian influenza.
The strain of avian influenza virus detected is H3N2. This strain is considered low pathogenic. The avian influenza showed up in routine blood tests that are required by the Department of Agriculture.
The affected turkeys in Missouri were breed stock for Ag Forte, a company that produces turkey eggs, hatches those eggs and sells the poults, to other companies.
This low-pathogenic avian influenza strain is usually found among swine. The discovery of the virus means there will be no shipments of poultry to Russia from Lawrence County and surrounding counties for at least the next 30 days.
Ag Forte has about 250,000 breeding birds in its total operation.