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Avian flu restrictions lifted

Things are getting back to normal in Dubois County after the Indiana Board of Animal Health lifted most of the restrictions put in place for an outbreak of avian flu.  

Right on schedule, Indiana animal health officials Monday lifted the ten kilometer control area for Dubois County. During the outbreak, over four thousand avian flu tests were conducted to ensure no infected birds left the control zone. There have been no new positive tests for the H7N8 virus since the first weekend of the outbreak.

Lifting the control zone means farmers can now freely buy, sell  and transport birds in the area. What remains to be done is to finish the composting of over a quarter million turkeys that were killed to contain the outbreak. Quarantines continue for ten commercial farms until the composting is complete and the farms are certified to be free of the avian flu virus.  

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