Bird flu scare over in North Carolina, vigilance continues

Bird flu
Bird flu (file photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials have ended a ban on public bird shows and sales in the state because they say it’s no longer needed to prevent the spread of a deadly bird flu virus.

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a statement earlier this month that because the deadly strain of the virus hasn’t been seen since June at a farm in the Midwest, it’s safe to lift the restrictions.

A particularly virulent form of the virus emerged last winter in Iowa and Minnesota, prompting a ban on public bird shows, including the showing of live birds at the N.C. State Fair in October.

RELATED: Threat of avian flu cancels NC State Fair poultry shows

Officials will continue to monitor the situation, as bird flu never goes away, and instead mutates from year to year, with new strains emerging.

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