The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is seeking comments on the temporary prohibition of movements of birds to events where commingling occurs. The virtual public hearing will gather input on ways to make gatherings such as exhibitions, fairs, swap meets and sale barns safer and healthier for the birds.
This ban, which was adopted May 27, is likely to remain in effect until the end of 2015. The aim is to protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to the H5 avian influenza virus. Members of the Board of Animal Health will have to consider and approve any modifications to lift the ban. The recent announcement of quarantines being lifted for flocks associated with the positive Whitley County flock DOES NOT affect the ongoing commingling ban.
BOAH is seeking suggestions for strategies to resume commingling events (fairs and/or sales) in the future.
“We are looking for ways to restore our public bird events in a way that will reduce or eliminate opportunities for disease to spread and threaten backyard flocks statewide,” said Dr. Bret D. Marsh, Indiana State Veterinarian. “A virtual public hearing format will allow all citizens to participate and let their voices be herd.”
Comments may be submitted on BOAH’s website at: www.in.gov/boah/2717.htm through July 1.