Extension of ban on poultry events in MN

Minnesota (Valley News Live) – The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is extending the statewide ban on poultry events through Friday, July 1, 2022. Animal health officials first enacted the ban in April and have already extended it once to reduce the potential risk of spreading HPAI, also known as bird flu. The ban includes all poultry exchanges, fairs, exhibitions and other events where live poultry and susceptible birds are gathered and then dispersed.

The Animal Health Council says a small number of recent HPAI detections in new counties are prompting the department to extend the ban, which primarily affects backyard flock owners and aims to protect their birds from a potential route for the spread of the virus in poultry. events.

As part of the state and federal response, detection of HPAI in a backyard flock means the owner cannot have new birds for 150 days after the infected birds are culled. Biosecurity remains the single most effective precaution backyard owners can take to protect their flock.

The direct sale of chicks is still permitted through private sales, shops or by mail by sellers approved by the National Poultry Improvement Plan. This temporary ban only applies to events where birds congregate and does not apply to poultry products. The HPAI H5N1 outbreak in Minnesota poses a high risk to poultry, but a low risk to the public. There is no food safety problem for consumers.

The latest information on HPAI in Minnesota, as well as resources for poultry owners, is available on the Council’s website: www.mn.gov/bah/hpai.

Anyone who needs to report sick birds or has questions about the outbreak can call the Minnesota Avian Flu Hotline: 1-833-454-0156.

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