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Live Bird Markets and Avian Flu

Low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses have been circulating in the Northeastern live bird markets since 1986, particularly in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. Since 1994, a low-pathogenic avian influenza subtype virus (H7N2) has been detected in these retail markets and has shown up from time to time in their suppliers. The monitoring for avian influenza viruses continues at these markets, as a component of the multi-state surveillance efforts.

The photos below are provided by Susan Trock, an Extension Associate Sr. with the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services of the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. She collects samples from over 90 live bird markets in New York State.