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Commercial Poultry Flock in Wicomico County Confirmed Negative for Influenza A

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Increased surveillance and further testing for avian influenza have confirmed no signs of the disease following inconclusive screening results from a Wicomico County commercial poultry flock during the week of December 10. Additional testing from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed negative test results for the suspect flock and screening of nearby farms were also all negative.

Out of an abundance of caution following the inconclusive result, the decision was made to depopulate the suspect flock. Avian influenza is not a food safety or human health concern, but it is a very serious issue for the poultry business because of its impact on bird health.

“We are all relieved by the negative test result, and I am proud of the rapid and collaborative response to this event,” said Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder. “This has demonstrated that our department is prepared to work with federal, state and industry partners to protect the chicken industry, which is a vital part of Delmarva’s economy.”

For more information on avian influenza, visit Maryland Department of Agriculture’s website.

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