By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV
HARRISBURG (KDKA) — As cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been identified in 26 states, including some surrounding Pennsylvania, the Pa. issued a temporary ban on poultry and egg shows.
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“Pennsylvania’s agricultural fairs are important educational events for our youth,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “But the risk to our poultry farmers and our economy outweighs the benefits of exhibiting poultry at shows when avian flu is an imminent threat. The very real experience of weighing risks and benefits is also a hugely important part of farming education.”
The temporary ban prohibits the presence and display of poultry and poultry products containing eggs, feathers and other parts and items made from these parts.
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It applies to the 108 county and local fairs funded under the Pennsylvania Agricultural Fair Act.
The ban goes into effect on Saturday, April 16 and will last for 60 days or until the injunction is lifted.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza is highly contagious and often fatal to birds.
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For a complete list of evidence of highly pathogenic avian influenza see the USDA website at this link.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/04/14/pa-department-of-agriculture-egg-exhibition-ban/ Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture temporarily bans egg shows to protect against bird flu – CBS Pittsburgh