Bird Flu Restrictions To Be Lifted Feb. 22

Bird Flu Restrictions To Be Lifted Feb. 22

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Animal health officials monitoring a bird flu outbreak in Dubois County say most restrictions on poultry in that region will be lifted February 22, if no additional cases are found.

State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer said the last positive bird flu case was January 16 in Dubois County, Indiana’s top turkey-producing county.

Derrer says if no additional cases are found, testing and surveillance of commercial poultry farms will end February 22 within a 12.4-mile radius around the first farm where the virus was detected.

While those restrictions will be lifted, quarantines will remain in place on the 10 affected farms until they’re declared virus-free.

More than 414,000 turkeys and chickens were euthanized at those farms to help contain the outbreak of the H7N8 viral strain.