PARIS, March 7 The United States reported an
outbreak of low pathogenic avian flu in a turkey flock in
Wisconsin, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said
The strain, H5N2, is different from the highly pathogenic H7
virus detected in a chicken breeder flock in Tennessee farm
contracted by U.S. food giant Tyson Foods Inc.
"Testing of the commercial turkey flock occurred after the
birds exhibited signs of depression," the U.S. Department of
Agriculture said in a report posted on the OIE website.
"The infected premises was quarantined and the turkeys will
be depopulated through controlled marketing."
The virus detected in the flock of 84,000 turkeys in
Wisconsin was of North American wild bird origin and distinct
from the H5N2 virsuses detected in 2015, the USDA said.
In 2014 and 2015, during a widespread outbreak of highly
pathogenic avian flu, the United States killed nearly 50 million
birds, mostly egg-laying hens.
(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide and Gus Trompiz)