H7N2 low-pathogenicity (LP) avian influenza (AI) virus was isolated from chickens submitted to the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System on December 4 and 5, 2001. The cases were from two broiler breeder flocks in central Pennsylvania that had clinical signs of an acute, rapidly spreading respiratory disease. Seroconversion to AI virus was detected on follow-up sampling. Subsequently, H7N2 LPAI virus was isolated in five different broiler flock cases submitted between December 14, 2001, and January 3, 2002. Clinical signs and lesions in broilers, when present, were compatible with multicausal respiratory disease. With the exception of one broiler flock that was processed, birds from all of the virus positive flocks were euthanatized in-house within 11 days of the original case submission date. Increased surveillance of poultry flocks within 10-mile radius zones centered at the foci of the positive farms continued until March 1, 2002. No additional cases were detected.
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