Whitesburg KY

State warns of Avian flu

The Kentucky state veterinarian’s office is monitoring the avian influenza outbreak in poultry flocks in southern Indiana to protect the Kentucky poultry and egg industry.

State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout reinstated restrictions on bird movement and sales in Kentucky on Jan. 15 in response to the announcement that H7N8 avian influenza had been discovered in turkeys in Dubois County, Indiana.

Dr. Stout encourages bird owners to:

• Keep your distance — isolate your birds from visitors and other birds.

• Keep it clean — prevent germs from spreading by cleaning shoes, tools and equipment.

• Don’t haul disease home — clean vehicles and cages.

• Don’t borrow from your neighbor — avoid sharing tools and equipment with neighbors.

• Know the signs — watch for early signs to prevent the spread of disease.

• Report sick birds — report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths to the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian at (502) 573-0282, option 3, or to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s toll-free number, 1-866-536-7593.

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