Nebraska poultry events can continue despite bird flu

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have decided to monitor poultry events at county fairs and other venues, but they won't ban them even though bird flu has been found in the state.

The state Department of Agriculture sent a letter to poultry show organizers after bird flu was confirmed in chickens from two farms in the northeast corner of the state.

Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have all banned poultry events because of the bird flu, but several other states, including neighboring Iowa and South Dakota, are allowing events.

Nebraska agriculture officials say they want to be notified about any poultry shows, so they can evaluate the risks. The state is banning any poultry sales east of U.S. Highway 281 and any sales of birds from eastern Nebraska.

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