W.Va. lifts avian influenza poultry restrictions

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – W.Va. Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass lifted orders enacted earlier this year regarding the avian influenza outbreak.

The order, dated April 26, banned the importation of poultry litter from Virginia. A second order, dated May 8, prohibited the public display, sale or mingling of any live avian species or eggs.

The orders were in response to a massive outbreak of avian influenza in Virginia, which eventually led to the quarantine of approximately 150 poultry farms and the destruction of more than 5 million chickens and turkeys in that state.

Avian influenza was also discovered on one West Virginia poultry farm near Moorefield. Approximately 14,000 birds were depopulated on that farm.

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