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The Houston Business Journal reports that a number of chickens in Gonzales County, Texas, have been found to be infected with an H5N2 strain of avian influenza, also known as the "bird flu."

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that this strain of bird flu, while "highly pathogenic," is not known to have any human health implications, and is different from the strain that has killed 22 people in Asia.

The farm where the infected chickens were found in South Texas is under quarantine, and more than six thousand broiler chickens have been destroyed. However, the Associated Press reports that two birds from the flock that has been destroyed had already been sent to live bird markets in Houston, where chickens are now in the process of being destroyed to prevent further spread of the disease.
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