March 11, 2014
More than 12,000 chickens from a flock in Delaware will have to be destroyed after being contaminated with a strain of the Avian flu.
The strain is not one that can be transferred to humans, and the infected chickens were not being grown for commercial use, but valley farmers are still on high alert and officials say they're taking extra precautions to secure Virginia poultry.
"Our industry has worked closely with state and federal officials to enhance bio security and surveillance measures, to try and protect our flocks in the Shenandoah Valley," said Hobey Bauhan, President of the Virginia Poultry Federation.
Bauhan said the Deleware flu strain does not affect Virginia gown birds, so valley consumers should not have any concerns.