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Officials Ease Bird Flu Restrictions in Dubois County


Non-commercial farms still under quarantine

Officials have lifted bird flu restrictions in Dubois County. WNIN’s John Gibson has the update:

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says commercial farms in the control areas are no longer under quarantine, weekly and bi-weekly surveillance testing is no longer required, and movement permits are eliminated.

In a release, the board said surveillance of backyard flocks in the areas is also complete.

But non-commercial farms remain under quarantine until the final steps of the flock plan are complete.

Final activities include compost disposal, virus elimination, environmental sampling for presence of the virus, and a period of no planting.

The board said owners will receive notice of the quarantine release by mail.

Avian influenza was identified in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County in February. The flu was later detected at other farms in Dubois and Greene counties.

More than 16,000 birds were euthanized to stop the spread.