A second case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Lincoln County. The flock that tested positive was less than two miles from the farm where bird flu was found earlier this month.
State veterinarian Charles Hatcher says the discovery was within the quarantined perimeter.
"We didn't want this to happen, but it's not totally unexpected," Hatcher says in a video statement. "When you have within the affected control zone, when you have that much possibility of virus being in the area, it's not unexpected to have a break."
The new flock has already been "depopulated," as agriculture officials say. In all, roughly 147,000 birds have been killed.
On March 8, a commercial poultry flock in Giles County tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza. But that case is not thought to be connected to the Lincoln County outbreak.
No other flocks have shown signs of illness, according to state officials. And they also say that bird flu does not pose a risk to the food supply.
This month's bird flu outbreak was the first in the U.S. in more than a year.