Year's First Bird Flu in Domesticated Flock Found in Georgia

Vidalia, GA — Georgia's first 2022 case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domesticated birds has been confirmed in a backyard flock in the southeast part of the state.

According to an Associated Press report, the Toombs County man who kept chickens, turkeys, ducks, peafowl and other birds asked officials to investigate after dozens of his ducks died in a 24-hour period.

More than 350 birds were destroyed and the farm disinfected to prevent spread of the disease.

Because Georgia is home to the nation's largest poultry industry, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said spread to commercial operations “could have a devastating impact on poultry farmers but also to the state’s economy as a whole.”

For the full AP story, click here.