Thursday, August 02, 2007

Virginia Avian Flu Update

PUBLIC POULTRY SHOWS, SALES AND EXHIBITIONS MAY RESUME IN VIRGINIA AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

Effective at midnight July 30, 2007, Dr. Richard Wilkes, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), has canceled a statewide ban on public sales, shows, and exhibitions of live poultry throughout Virginia. The ban, which went into effect July 9, was due to the discovery of antibodies for avian influenza (A.I.) during routine pre-slaughter testing on a flock of turkeys in Shenandoah County.

In the days since the discovery of the antibodies, officials with VDACS and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) have done extensive testing in the Shenandoah Valley to determine if additional flocks tested positive for A.I. antibodies.

The agencies performed thousands of tests on commercials birds throughout the region and tested 30 backyard flocks within a 10 kilometer radius of the affected farm and found no additional positives. Therefore, VDACS will let the ban expire at midnight.

But unfortunately this was not in time for the Albemarle County Fair to include the poultry show and sale. There's more to the press release at the link above.

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