bird flu

U.S. Department of Agriculture /

The final avian flu quarantine has been lifted in Dubois County, where an outbreak earlier this year led to the loss of more than 400,000 birds.

The outbreak affected 10 turkey farms, all of which were identified within a 24-hour period. The State Board of Animal Health quickly quarantined the farms and restricted the moving of poultry or poultry products in and out of the farms.

Giulia van Pelt /

Even though restrictions are in place keeping poultry from county fairs happening this month, many of those events are still exhibiting stuffed birds. Not stuffed by a taxidermist, mind you, but stuffed by a toy company.

A number of young people around the state who’d perspired in pursuit of primping and plumping their prize poultry have now had to postpone those plans.

So instead, drawings of birds, stuffed animals and explanations of the bird flu that’s keeping the live animals from the fairs are appearing in the birds’ stead.

State Plans To End Bird Show Ban In September

Jul 10, 2015
United Soybean Board /

Indiana’s ban on poultry shows could stop rustling feathers on September 17. Indiana’s Board of Animal Health issued the ban during an avian flu outbreak, but no new cases have emerged anywhere in the country in the past three weeks. 

The U.S. can officially be declared flu-free if the virus doesn’t appear by mid-September. State veterinarian Bret Marsh says along with setting an end date for the bird ban, the state has narrowed it to cover just poultry -- not parrots, doves or pigeons.

Indiana Agriculture Commissioner Ted McKinney predicts a recent egg price spike will also raise the cost of products that use liquid eggs, like salad dressings or breakfast sandwiches. He says the flu epidemic is not the only reason prices have gone up, but it’s certainly played a role.

He hopes the flu outbreak will raise awareness about the importance of keeping food supplies secure and livestock safe from contamination.

"Keeping one’s birds contained, isolated, looked after, is probably the biggest thing," McKinney says.

United Soybean Board /

A week after imposing a travel ban on poultry, Indiana‘s Board of Animal Health is turning its attention to what comes next.

Spokeswoman Denise Derrer says the board will take public comment online for the rest of the month about ways to again allow poultry shows in Indiana while minimizing the risk of spreading bird flu.

Bird Flu Detected In Indiana

May 21, 2015
Laura Carmer /

Indiana poultry farmers are extremely concerned about a lethal avian flu virus that has recently been detected in the state.

A backyard flock in Whitley County tested positive for the disease, resulting in the killing of nearly 100 birds.

Pat Wakenell is an associate professor of avian diagnostics at Purdue and one of an estimated 100 poultry veterinarians in the U.S.

She’s led avian flu testing at Purdue since the start of the outbreak.

Indiana Poultry Farmers Wary Of Bird Flu

Apr 21, 2015
Sherwood /

As Indiana and Illinois battle a strain of dog flu, farmers and other poultry breeders are watching out for bird flu that‘s affecting other states in the Midwest.

The H5N2 strain of bird flu has been spotted primarily at turkey farms in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri, as well as Arkansas to the South.

Last week, it was reported at a chicken farm in Wisconsin and has also affected farms in Canada.

A closed-door summit on controversial bird flu research starts today, and the newly released guest list reveals that the event will be dominated by virologists.