WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agriculture officials say they have found avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in central California.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the facility in Stanislaus County has been quarantined and birds from the affected flock will not enter the food system.
Testing occurred after the flock experienced a spike in deaths.
Officials said there is no immediate public health concern and the detected strain - H5N8 - is not known to harm humans. There have been no human cases of this strain of the bird flu reported in the U.S. or internationally.
The bird flu strain H5N1 ravaged poultry across Asia in 2003 and is more easily spread among humans.
Reminder: To kill bacteria and viruses in poultry and eggs, cook food to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.