Minnesota bans poultry sales and exhibitions as high-path avian flu continues to spread

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is banning poultry sales and exhibitions because of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

The ban goes into effect April 1st and will last 31 days.

State Veterinarian Dr. Beth Thompson says viruses like high path avian flu need hosts to continue to spread, so one of the best things that can be done right now is pausing poultry events.

The ban includes all poultry community sales, swaps, fairs, exhibitions, and other events where poultry and susceptible birds are brought together.

Direct sales of baby poultry either in stores or through the mail by National Poultry Improvement Plan-authorized sellers are still allowed.

There are five known cases of avian flu in Minnesota, most recently at a commercial turkey operation in Lac Qui Parle County in the west-central part of the state.

Nearly 350,000 birds have been affected.

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