Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Avian Influenza Strikes in Shenandoah County

From WINA:

Public sales and shows of poultry are cancelled for 3 weeks

Traces of avian influenza have been found in Shenandoah County. As a result, the State Veterinarian has canceled all public sales, shows, and exhibitions of live poultry throughout Virginia. In addition, land application of poultry litter, manure or bedding is prohibited in 17 Virginia counties including Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Orange and Augusta. The cancellation order came after antibodies for avian influenza were found during routine pre-slaughter testing on a flock of turkeys in Shenandoah County. The prohibition against shows and sales is effective statewide and will remain in effect until July 30th unless extended by the State Veterinarian. While avian influenza is NOT harmful to humans, people can spread it on their shoes, with their vehicles or through movement of litter.

The Albemarle County Fair starts on July 31st. I have a feeling we won't be allowed to show poultry, again.

Thanks to Elizabeth for the email tip on this news story.

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