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Bird flu found in 40th state this year

Scientists confirmed a backyard flock of poultry in northwestern Tennessee was infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), part of a resurgence of the disease in the central states. Some 3.37 million birds in domestic flocks have died of bird flu so far this month; nationwide losses during September will be the largest since April.

According to USDA, 26 outbreaks of HPAI have been reported this month. The largest was at an egg farm with 3 million hens in Ohio. Bird flu has was reported at seven turkey farms in Minnesota with a total of 289,900 birds.

Nationwide, 44.12 million birds in domestic flocks have died or been culled due to HPAI this year, making it the worst outbreak since the 2014-15 epidemic that killed 50 million birds.

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