Virginia Poultry Sales Banned Due To Suspected Avian Flu

July 10, 2007

Poultry sales and shows in Virginia have been banned for the rest of the month following the discovery of suspected avian flu antibodies in a flock of turkeys on a Shenandoah farm.

State veterinarian Richard Wilkes issued an order Monday canceling the sales. Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the ban remains in effect until July 30th.

Wilkes also issued a ban in 17 western Virginia counties on the transfer and application of poultry litter, a combination of floor shavings and manure that is either processed into fertilizer or spread directly on fields.

West Virginia has also canceled all poultry shows and sales for the next 30 days. The antibodies, discovered in 54,000 turkeys during a routine test last week, match those in a mild strain of the avian influenza.

Lidholm says the farm near Mount Jackson has been placed under quarantine, and can only receive essential supplies such as feed or emergency veterinary visits

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