>> South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong limiting imports of US poultry Monday after bird flu was found at a Tennessee chicken supplier for US food giant Tyson Foods. Tyson said, it was working with government officials to contain the virus by euthanizing the entire flock of nearly 73,000 chickens to prevent the disease from spreading further.
Reuters correspondent Tom Polansek.>> State officials in Tennessee and Alabama have sent that they are going door to door to chicken farms near the spot where the infected farm was located. They are conducting tests on commercial chicken operations and backyard flocks to make sure that they are not infected with avian flu.
>> The outbreak was caused by the highly pathogenic H7 strain of avian influenza. The news hurting stocks of major chicken companies with Tyson shares falling near 50% Monday. In recent months, different strains of bird flu have been confirmed across Asia and in Europe. Poultry experts say, it was only a matter of time before a strain of the virus hit the US.
The big concern is that the avian flu will spread throughout the Southeast of the US. In 2014 and 2015, the US had it's worst outbreak ever of avian flu. It was centered mainly in Iowa and Minnesota though, the major chicken meat producing area of the country in the largely escaped unscathed.
So now that this disease has shown up in Tennessee, the big concern is that it will hit these main chicken meat producing areas and devastate the industry there.>> The USDA assuring consumers that the flu is not a risk to humans. Still, none of the affected chickens will enter the food supply.