SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A poultry farm in eastern Polk County is quarantined after the discovery of bird flu. The turkey producer is a locally operated farm, but contracts with food giant Cargill.
The people at Estes Hatchery in Springfield are thankful for their healthy chicks and ducklings.
"I don't want that to happen to anybody," said Sean Richardson of Estes Hatchery.
At the turkey farm in Polk County, antibodies that react to a low pathogenic bird flu strain, H7N3, were discovered during routine pre-harvest testing. Cargill says the turkeys on that contract farm have not shown any signs of sickness.
Cargill is not releasing the farm's location. The farm is quarantined, meaning there is tight control on any animals, people and vehicles going in and out, and poultry farms within a six-mile radius are being tested for the avian flu. Those in close vicinity to the farm should find out by Friday if the flu virus has spread.