The threat of avian influenza (HPAI) deadly to poultry, but not affecting people, means there won’t be any poultry at this year’s Fallon County Fair, which runs Aug. 19-23.
By Lori Kesinger
The Fallon County Fair and others in the region have cancelled poultry shows as a precaution to keep the flu from spreading.
The State Department of Livestock (DOL) recommended in late May that privately owned waterfowl and any poultry showing signs of illness should not be included during this year’s show season.
Many fair boards in the state decided against any showing of poultry.
Avian flu was reported in domestic poultry from Judith Basin County in April. The affected flock was quarantined and disposed of to prevent further spread of the disease. Three HPAI strains have been detected in the US poultry flock but have not been shown to cause human illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Poultry products are also safe to eat when properly prepared and cooked top 165 degrees F.
Poultry owners should contact their veterinarian or the DOL at 406-444-2043 with additional concerns or if they find sick or dead birds that have died from unknown causes.