3 Tenn. agencies prepare for possible bird flu outbreak

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three state agencies came together Thursday at the Tennessee State Fair to discuss bird flu.

Also known as avian influenza, the virus primarily infects poultry and other birds. However, bird flu is known to infect humans and can be transferred from human to human.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Health, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are working together to prepare for a potential outbreak of high path bird flu.

The strain has not been detected in Tennessee and poses no risk to human health or the food supply. But it has become the most costly animal health disaster in U.S. history, according to health officials.

State Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Hatcher discussed the risk of bird flu and its possible impact on Tennessee.

Animal health staff will be examining birds arriving for the poultry shows at the fair.

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