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IL health officials lift restrictions on out-of-state poultry

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Illinois Department of Agriculture animal health officials announced Tuesday that out-of-state birds can return to the state to participate in shows, fairs and exhibitions.  

A ban was placed on out of state birds' participation in fairs and exhibitions on June 5, as a precautionary measure due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), also known as avian influenza, which impacted several states. 

No cases of avian influenza have been reported nationwide since June 17.

Avian influenza was not detected in Illinois during the outbreak.  

"The Department will continue to work closely with USDA Veterinary Services as well as other state departments of agriculture to monitor the disease," said Director of Agriculture Philip Nelson. 

"Our mission is to continue to educate both commercial and backyard producers about the importance of following strict biosecurity measures daily."

HPAI entered into the United States in mid-December 2014. 

Incidents occurred within the Pacific, Central and Mississippi Flyways. 

Cases were detected in wild birds, captive wild birds, backyard poultry and commercial poultry. 

Over 48 million birds have either died or were euthanized because to the virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people from HPAI to be low. 

No human cases of HPAI viruses have been detected in the United States. 

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, 3,725 poultry farms housing 4.3 million birds are located in Illinois. 

Over 1,300 egg handlers are licensed by IDOA, including 300 backyard flocks registered and licensed to sell eggs off the farm.

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