State and Federal Farm Services Confirm Case of Avian Flu in Sequoyah County

All poultry shows, public sales and swap meets have been banned statewide, effective immediately, after a case of bird flu was confirmed in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the positive case on Sunday.

Officials said the virus, known as highly pathogenic avian influenza, was found in a Sequoyah County poultry flock. They hope the ban will stop any possible spread of the virus. The ban is scheduled to end on July 30, unless more evidence shows the ban should be extended.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the recent virus detections in birds are not a public health concern at this time. Officials stressed that it remains safe to consume poultry products and there is no risk to the food supply.

Infected birds will not enter the food supply system, state agriculture department officials said.

State officials have quarantined the affected area while they investigate the extent of the infection.

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