Deadly bird flu strain confirmed in 2 Missouri facilities

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Columbus CEO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri agriculture officials have quarantined two commercial facilities after a strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry but poses no immediate public health concern was detected.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced Sunday that the virus was confirmed in turkeys at a grower facility in Asbury in the southwest part of the state. Preliminary tests also came back positive for the virus at a facility in Fortuna in mid-Missouri. It was not immediately clear how many birds were affected.

It's the same H5N2 strain that's been confirmed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota.

The release says the remaining turkeys in the "involved flocks" will be killed and won't enter the food system. Officials also are conducting testing at properties near the affected facilities to ensure the virus hasn't spread.