Bird flu hits Tyson Foods

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Avian flu that is highly lethal to poultry has infected a second commercial chicken farm in Tennessee that supplies Tyson Foods.

The finding expands an outbreak near the major chicken-producing states of Alabama and Georgia and is the second in the type of breeder flock crucial for keeping the chicken-meat industry supplied with birds.

Authorities have started to cull the infected Tennessee flock of 55,000 chickens to contain the highly pathogenic H7N9 flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

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