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Avian flu found in two additional Johnston County turkey farms

NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Two additional commercial turkey operations in Johnston County have tested positive for High Path Avian Influenza. These farms were identified during increased surveillance following the first positive case at a farm in Johnston County earlier this week. State Veterinarian Mike Martin said in a news release Friday that 28,500 turkeys are in the process of being depopulated and 10-kilometre zones will be set up around the new sites to test nearby farms for the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this type of High Path Avian flu is considered low-risk to humans, but is highly contagious to birds, including commercial and backyard flocks of poultry.