ND lifts ban on moving poultry as bird flu outbreak subsides
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Board of Animal Health has lifted a ban on moving birds that was imposed in April to protect the state's poultry industry from a nationwide outbreak of avian influenza.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Board of Animal Health has lifted a ban on moving birds that was imposed in April to protect the state’s poultry industry from a nationwide outbreak of avian influenza.
The order rescinded by the board at its meeting Wednesday had halted bird movements to shows, exhibitions and public sales within the state.
North Dakota had two confirmed cases of bird flu in commercial poultry operations in Dickey and LaMoure counties, killing more than 130,000 birds, according to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The quarantines on those operations have also been lifted. Nationally, the outbreak affected over 48 million birds in 15 states.
State Veterinarian Susan Keller said in a statement that bird owners should still immediately report unusual death loss to their local and state veterinarians, restrict access to their property, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and practice enhanced biosecurity.
The Department of Agriculture asked that anyone bringing birds into the state to contact the Animal Health Division at (701) 328-2655 to ensure they are meeting all importation requirements.