Out of State Birds Again Welcome in Illinois Shows

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) animal health officials announced the state of Illinois will now allow out-of-state birds to return to participate in shows, fairs and exhibitions.

Birds from outside Illinois were initially banned from participating in fairs and exhibitions on June 5, 2015 as a precautionary measure against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as avian influenza.

No cases of HPAI have been reported nationwide since June 17, 2015. The virus was not detected in Illinois during the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers HPAI to be of low risk to humans. No human cases have been detected in the United States.

Director of Agriculture Philip Nelson says the Department will be working closely with USDA Veterinary Services as well as other state agriculture departments to monitor the disease.

“Our mission is to continue to educate both commercial and backyard producers about the importance of following strict biosecurity measures daily,” Nelson explains.

Any updates on information about HPAI can be found by visiting the Illinois Department of Agriculture at this link for avian influenza and this link for biosecurity measures.

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