7/1 Avian flu won't stop poultry exhibitors at fairs this summer
All over the country, concern about avian influenza means states are cancelling any events where poultry might be shown. For instance, there will be educational exhibits, not actual chickens and turkeys and geese at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Avian flu meant the loss of over a million and a half chickens and turkeys in Wisconsin over the last two months.
Now, the state veterinarian has just issued two orders restricting "poultry events," but luckily for a lot of kids, that doesn't mean skipping the county fair.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the ducks and geese the Minnesota DNR usually captures and bands - and waterfowl taken by hunters this fall are getting extra tests for the avian flu. The DNR is still working with other state agencies to discover what role wildlife play in the bird flu epidemic that spread through poultry producers this spring.