A flock of chickens in a commercial poultry farm in Chattooga County has tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian influenza. It is the first confirmation of bird flu in a commercial poultry flock in Georgia, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The flock was killed as a precaution, and Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black stressed that the illness does not threaten the food supply.

“Poultry is the top sector of our number one industry, agriculture, and we are committed to protecting the livelihoods of the many farm families that are dependent on it,” Black said . “In order to successfully do that, it is imperative that we continue our efforts of extensive biosecurity.”

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution