Update: Another Outbreak of Bird Flu at Tyson Chicken Farm

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Gabrielle Gautier, Staff Reporter

Ten days after the initial outbreak, another chicken farm linked to Tyson has been flagged for the bird flu. This time, the disease is having a bigger effect on Tyson as a company.

There are two types of bird flu that humans can contract. LPAI (Low Pathological Avian Influenza) is what was being found in Tyson’s farms, where it is highly transmittable to other birds, but unlikely to make a human sick. This type of bird flu can cause “mild to moderate illness.” HPAI, or Highly Pathological Avian Influenza, is they type to cause  more severe illness in birds and humans alike.

Since news of the second outbreak got out, Tyson’s stocks have now dropped 1.8% and are now at $61.96 per share. This drop in the stock market could have a bigger impact on the company, and even the poultry operation,  if not handled efficiently.

Worth Sparkman, spokesman for Tyson, when asked how this second outbreak will affect the company, told news reporters “Our business is diversified, and scaled across multiple states, so we plan to meet our customer’s needs…”

However, chicken farms from various states have also been reporting types of bird flu. Another poultry farm linked to Tyson  in Alabama reported finding the flu among their own birds. These cases, however, are less severe than the outbreak in Tennessee.

They U.S is not the only nation struggling with the bird flu. Since October 2016, China has been finding cases of H7N9, a similar strand of the disease being found in Tennessee. The major difference between the two is that the TN strand of the virus has a very low risk of transferring and contaminating more food and even people.

It is suspected that the strand in China has caused 161 deaths in six months.

Tyson Chicken is currently dealing with a case of LPAI, so while the chickens may be getting sick, it’s still highly unlikely anyone will be catching the bird flu from them.