New Strain of Bird Flu Reported in Indiana

January 18, 2016 << Back to News

Health officials in Indiana have ordered the culling of thousands of turkeys to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus.

More than 90,000 turkeys at 10 farms were culled after testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the presence of a new bird flu strain known as H7N8. A quarantine area has been established in five southern Indiana counties in an effort to prevent the spread of the highly pathogenic strain.

So far, no human infections have been linked to the virus, and CDC officials are closely monitoring the situation for further outbreaks, reports Fox News.