Avian flu found in South Carolina

Health officials warn of the possibility of avian flu spreading to wild bird populations, including waterfowl, which can carry the virus. ©Allen Forrest

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza among commercial turkeys in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. While no human cases of this H7N3 virus have been detected and there is no immediate public health concern, APHIS is urging the public to watch for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and migratory wild bird populations. 

Avian influenza viruses can infect poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese and guinea fowl, and it is carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds.

Read more from the USDA APHIS here.