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on April 6, 2015

Kansas lifts AI-related poultry movement restrictions

Movement of live poultry, poultry products and eggs from Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties can resume as normal, Kansas Department of Agriculture says

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has lifted its movement restrictions for poultry and eggs in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

The movement control restrictions were put in place after highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza was discovered in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in Leavenworth County on March 13.

After surveillance and testing was completed in Leavenworth County and bordering Wyandotte County, KDA determined that movement of live poultry and poultry products, including eggs, can resume as normal.

KDA officials surveyed and tested every poultry premise within the infected zone, multiple premises in the buffer zone and responded to seven sick bird calls. All test results were found to be negative.

"We appreciate the citizens that self-reported their flocks. It has allowed us to effectively identify the number of flocks in the area and ensure we stamped out this virus," said Dr. Justin Smith, Kansas Deputy Animal Health Commissioner. "We could not have responded as quickly as we did without the great support of both county emergency management coordinators as well as the fantastic facilities provided by the Fairmount Township Fire Station."

The outbreak at the Leavenworth County backyard flock was the first of two confirmed cases of avian influenza in Kansas. A commercial turkey flock in Crawford County was confirmed to have been infected with the virus on March 26.

Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties are located in the Kansas City area in northeast Kansas, while Crawford County is located in southeast Kansas.

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