A chicken in Arkansas has tested positive for avian influenza. State officials have quarantined poultry within a 6.2-mile radius of the infected bird's farm.

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said the chicken, located in Scott County, tested positive for H7N7 low pathogenic avian influenza, according to news sources.


The agency is coordinating its response and deciding on additional testing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only the USDA can officially confirm avian flu cases.

Officials said recent flooding in west-central Arkansas was conducive to the spread of the virus, as chickens can get avian flu from infected waterfowl or contaminated water. The Arkansas Health Department says there is no public health threat for humans.