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Agri-Pulse reports:

A deadly poultry disease has spread to more states.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said Sunday it has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial mixed species flock in Charles Mix County, South Dakota.

The news comes after APHIS confirmed HPAI in Missouri on Friday and in Maryland on Saturday.

The Missouri detection happened in Stoddard County near the Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois borders. Some 240,000 broilers will be depopulated at the facility. HPAI was detected in a flock of commercial layer chickens in Cecil County, Maryland.

All told, the disease has now hit nearly 1.9 million chickens and turkeys across the country, a number that will only go up once flock sizes of the Maryland and South Dakota confirmations are reported. No human HPAI cases have been detected in the United States, and USDA is encouraging consumers to fully cook poultry and eggs to 165 ˚F to kill bacteria and viruses.

By the way: HPAI isn't the only disease in the news; China has reported new detections of African Swine Fever. According to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, the disease was detected in February in western China.

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