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Indiana officials: No new bird-flu infections reported

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say no additional turkey farms in a southern Indiana county have tested positive for bird flu since an outbreak at 10 farms.

Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer said Sunday that 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative. She says that’s a sign control measures are working.

She calls the current bird-flu outbreak one of the worst to strike Indiana and that containing it could take weeks.

She also said laboratories confirmed the strain on the ten infected farms in Dubois County is H7N8. Thousands of turkeys on the infected farms have been euthanized.

Confirmation of new bird flu cases alarmed industry officials after the spread of the H5N2 virus last year. That led to the deaths of about 48 million turkeys and chickens.