U.S. Reports Bird flu Outbreak in CaliforniaIt appears now that the Bird Flu is not just overseas but according to reports from Yahoo News the United States has reported a mild form of bird flu on a turkey farm in California, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of outbreaks to hit the U.S. poultry industry in recent months. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report posted on the OIE website that a commercial turkey flock in Merced County, near San Francisco, had been coughing with a slight increase in mortality last week. Samples were submitted for laboratory testing and were confirmed positive for low pathogenic H7N3 avian influenza, it said. The infected premises was placed under quarantine following preliminary findings and an epidemiological investigation was initiated, it said. Follow-up surveillance and testing on 10 associated farms showed negative results for bird flu. The strain discovered differed from the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu which has been found recently in other states, notably Arkansas, the heart of America’s poultry producing region. FULL REPORT