State veterinarian suspends poultry sales, shows due to avian flu
All North Carolina poultry shows and poultry public sales will be suspended until further notice due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. According to a news release, this includes exhibitions, farm tours, swaps and meets pertaining to poultry and feathered fowl. State Veterinarian Mike Martin made the announcement on Tuesday after avian flu has been detected at seven commercial poultry facilities in Johnston and Wayne counties. More than 90,000 turkeys and more than 280,000 broilers have been depopulated and composted on-site to prevent further spread of the virus. Officials are asking poultry owners to keep birds indoors and report sick birds to your local veterinarian, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Veterinary Division, 919-707-3250, or the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System 919-733-3986.