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The Wall Street Journal: Bird flu discovered at Tennessee chicken facility; USDA says no risk to consumers

The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza to strike a commercial poultry flock in more than a year has been found on a Tennessee chicken farm affiliated with Tyson Foods Inc., government and company officials confirmed Sunday.

The flock of about 73,500 birds, which had been used for breeding, was being destroyed to prevent the disease from spreading further, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said in a statement Sunday. The investigations began after the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on Friday was notified of higher-than-normal deaths at the Lincoln County, Tenn., farm, which produced chickens under a contract with Tyson TSN, +0.79% , officials said.

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