A flock of turkeys in Seward County, Nebraska, tested positive for avian influenza (AI) antibodies in routine blood testing at time of slaughter earlier this summer, according to a Nebraska Department of Agriculture spokesperson. The flock had antibodies to a low-pathogenic H7N9 strain of AI. The flock was processed in late June and early July.
Since the blood from the affected turkeys was collected at time of slaughter, the meat did enter commerce. A younger flock of turkeys on the farm has tested negative for AI and will be monitored until marketed. AI virus does not survive the cooking process.