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Moving of poultry continues to be limited

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

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To continue to protect North Dakota's poultry industry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus, the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has extended its halt on bird movement to shows, exhibitions and public sales within the state in which birds from different locations are intermingled at an event.

"With new cases still being identified in the U.S., the state board is continuing this precaution to reduce the risk of avian influenza exposure to North Dakota birds," State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller said. "Many other states have enacted similar limits on bird movements This board action prohibits the specified poultry/bird movements until further notice. BOAH is continuing to monitor and assess the disease threat, which will be reviewed again at their December meeting after most wild birds have completed their migration.

The action does not apply to approved private sales that meet North Dakota importation requirements.

North Dakota has had two confirmed cases of avian influenza in commercial poultry operations in Dickey and LaMoure counties affecting well over 100,000 birds. Nationally, the outbreak has affected over 47 million birds in 21 states.

Bird owners should immediately report death loss to their local and state veterinarian, restrict access to their property, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and practice enhanced bio security.

State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller is reminding anyone bringing birds into North Dakota to contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division at (701) 328-2655 to ensure they are meeting all importation requirements.

More information about avian influenza and bio security is available at www.nd.gov/ndda/disease/avianinfluenza and from the USDA-APHIS at www.aphis.usda.gov.



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Original Publication Date: June 18, 2015



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