Bird flu outbreak in USA: 90 farms affected in Minnesota, poultry shows cancelled
Bird flu seems to be threatening poultry fairs in the US. This indicates that things are becoming serious and tough actions are needed to be taken to take care of the issue. If it is not controlled now, there are chances that things may deteriorate further and at time it may go out of hands.
There are confirmed reports that officials have already decided to cancel Rooster Crowing Contest at the 2003 Minnesota State Fair. Now it is clear that as far as Minnesota State Fair is concerned, there will be no such fairs. This has been decided by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
The official body made the decision about it earlier today. Reports suggest that the ban is not just limited to Minnesota State Fair, but is applicable on all exhibitions at county fairs, swap meets, petting zoos and sales.
Reports suggest that this extreme step had become necessary given the fact that bird flu was spreading fast in Minnesota. Thus far it has been reported that as many as 90 farms in the state have been impacted by the highly-pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 since March. Even yesterday, authorities announced two new confirmed bird flu cases. One was reported from Meeker County, while the other was reported to be in Renville County.
Officials seem to be very concerned with the development. Beth Thompson, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health while talking about it says, â€œTaking this step make senseâ€¦We need to do everything possible to get rid of this virus, and preventing the commingling of birds from different farms is one way to do that.â€
Other officials too are no less concerned. â€œSome 4-Hâ€™ers will be disappointed that they wonâ€™t be able to show their poultry projects at fairs this summer â€¦ ,â€ said Brad Rugg, director of the University of Minnesotaâ€™s Extension 4-H and State Fair Animal Science Program. â€œPart of our job developing the next generation of agriculture leaders includes teaching youth best practices to ensure the health and safety of the animals they raise, and this is that learning being put into action in the real world.â€