Avian Flu

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Valley poultry farmers have reached the halfway point. It's been 45 days since the last Avian flu case was found.

After 90 days, the ban on Virginia poultry could be lifted, which is great news for an industry that's lost millions of dollars because of the disease.

It affected about 20 percent of farms statewide, but the Commissioner of Agriculture says everyone needs to continue to be careful so the disease does not spread.

"We've checked poultry farms, we've checked breeder flocks, backyard flocks, we've checked wild geese we haven't found it to make sure it's not out there. We're going to continue testing until December to make sure we still don't have it and it won't rear it's ugly head again," Carlton Courter says.

Courter has also decided to continue the ban on live poultry at fairs and shows until the end of the year.

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