Archive for Monday, April 6, 2015

State lifts avian flu restrictions in Leavenworth, Wyandotte counties

April 6, 2015

The Kansas Department of Agriculture reports it has completed surveillance and testing of backyard flocks of poultry in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and lifted the movement restrictions for the quarantined area.

With the quarantine removal, movement of live poultry and poultry products, including eggs, can resume as normal.

The quarantine was created after a confirmed case of Avian Influenza last month in a backyard flock just west of Basehor.

KDA officials reported Saturday that they surveyed and tested every poultry premise within the infected zone, which included Basehor, and multiple premises in the buffer zone, which included rural areas of Basehor, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie. Officials responded to seven sick bird calls, but all test results were found to be negative.

"We appreciate the citizens that self-reported their flocks," said Justin Smith, Kansas Deputy Animal Health Commissioner. "It has allowed us to effectively identify the number of flocks in the area and ensure we stamped out this virus."

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