Originally published July 10 2015
All poultry sales banned in in NC due to bird flu outbreak
by Daniel Barker
(NaturalNews) North Carolina authorities have announced a ban on all sales of live poultry, effective beginning August 15, 2015. The ban also applies to public livestock shows and poultry sales, such as the poultry exhibit at the North Carolina State Fair, which traditionally takes place each October.
The ban was prompted by the avian flu epidemic, which has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 50 million birds in the United States, and although North Carolina has not yet been affected, authorities fear that the disease may spread to the Southeast region when the annual waterfowl migration begins in the fall.
The H5N2 strain of the avian flu virus has infected birds in 21 states so far, and N.C. officials are wary of the possibility of its spread to their own state, which is the nation's fourth-biggest producer of chickens raised for meat and the third-largest turkey producer. The poultry industry in North Carolina is worth $18 billion, according to State Veterinarian Doug Meckes, who made the decision to enact the ban.
In an interview, Meckes was quoted as saying:
"There's a significant likelihood that it will come to North Carolina. It's a significant threat to our industry."
The ban follows similar measures taken in 11 other states, which have also prohibited live poultry sales and shows.
The disease is spread by wild birds, which means that even individually raised and free-range chickens are not immune, but Meckes notes that humans have played a part in its spread as well.
The officials announced steps that individuals can take to prevent introduction of the virus to their birds, primarily by preventing contact with waterfowl. They suggested keeping the birds away from ponds and streams or sheltering them inside, and reducing risk of transmitting the disease through human contact by using dedicated shoes and clothing to care for birds.
"The most significant animal disease outbreak in U.S. history"Twenty-one states have been affected by the avian flu epidemic, and Meckes called it "the most significant animal disease outbreak in U.S. history." This particular strain of bird flu "poses little risk" to the public, according to officials who also added that no humans have contracted the H5N2 strain.
North Carolina is making other preparations in anticipation of a possible outbreak, including the purchase of equipment for killing infected birds and through coordinating response methods with other states.
Vaccines have proven to be largely ineffective in stopping the spread of the virus, and currently there are no plans for their use in the fight against the epidemic.
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