Ban on bird movements due to bird flu lifted in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health has lifted a ban on bird movements to shows, exhibitions and public sales within the state.

The ban was implemented in April to combat the spread of bird flu during the midst of a nationwide outbreak.

North Dakota had two confirmed cases of avian influenza in commercial poultry operations, affecting more than 130,000 birds. Nationally, the outbreak affected more than 48 million birds in 15 states.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller says bird owners should still immediately report unusual death loss, restrict access to their property, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and practice enhanced biosecurity.

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