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Avian flu in North Carolina commercial turkey operation

NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

A commercial turkey operation in North Carolina has tested positive for avian flu following a test by a veterinary lab, the first time the virus has been found in the state’s poultry industry. The N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services said in a news release on Wednesday that the flock of 32,100 birds at the operation in Johnston County were killed and were being composted to guard against the spread of the avian flu. State veterinarian Mike Martin said in the news release that the department will test other flocks within a 10-kilometer zone which includes Johnston County and portions of Sampson and Wayne counties.