Live poultry shows and exhibits banned to help stop the spread of bird flu

the State Department of Agriculture and Markets banned all live poultry shows and displays in an attempt to stop the spread of Avian Flu.

Highly pathogenic avian influenzaa highly contagious, deadly, flu-like disease of poultry, has been spreading across the state since February. Extension of the Cornell cooperative said in a statement that as of April 19, New York had seen the disease in 8 domestic flocks: one commercial bird, one captive wild bird and the rest were backyard flocks. More than 10,000 birds died or were euthanized.

These positive cases started in the eastern region of the state but moved west over the spring.

In March, the State Department of Agriculture announced that the state would proactively ban all live poultry shows and displays. This meant that fairs, public hatching events, poultry shows and other similar events would not be allowed until further notice. This ban was extended on April 14 to include all poultry auctions and other events where people can buy, sell, barter or barter poultry. The reasoning behind this update was the same as the original advice in March: limit the gathering of poultry from different farms and farms to reduce the spread of disease. Currently, the ban does not include individual farms selling poultry, farm supply stores, chicks shipped into the state from hatcheries, poultry processors who operate under an exemption 5A or USDA, or live bird markets.

Although both bans are in effect until further notice, the situation will be reassessed at the end of May.
In the meantime, it is important that poultry owners remain on high alert for any unusual illnesses or deaths in their poultry flocks.

Any suspected illnesses can be reported to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets by calling 518-457-3502 or contacting the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Chautauqua County at 716-664-9502.

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