The Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s statewide temporary ban on poultry events is extended through June 1.

ST PAUL, Minn. – The statewide ban on poultry shows, fairs, exchanges and other events has been extended in response to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Minnesota.

The virus was first confirmed on March 26.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health extended its ban on statewide poultry shows through Wednesday, June 1.

“We appreciate the patience of flock owners as we extend this pause on poultry events to continue to assess the risk HPAI poses to their birds at home or on the road at one fair or another. event,” the animal health council’s deputy director, Dr Linda Glaser, said in a press release. “We are closely monitoring the upcoming season of county fairs and other community events, and hope that this extension will suppress the virus to allow these things to go ahead safely as planned in June.”

Agency officials point out that “the temporary ban only applies to events where birds congregate and does not apply to poultry products”.

The state has the latest information on HPAI and more resources for poultry owners on its website.

The public is encouraged to call the Minnesota Avian Flu Hotline at 1-833-454-0156 for reports of sick birds and any questions regarding the outbreak.

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