USDA EMPHASIZES "BIOSECURITY FOR THE BIRDS" DURING FAIR SEASON
Late summer and early fall is “fair season” in many parts of the country. And millions of Americans will attend state and county fairs across the nation. During this period, tens of thousands of people will participate in poultry exhibitions. These exhibitions are a great way for bird owners to demonstrate their commitment to raising healthy, productive birds. However, they also can serve as a medium to potentially spread diseases such as exotic Newcastle disease (END) and avian influenza (AI). USDA’s APHIS is encouraging poultry owners to protect their birds from END and AI during fair season as part of the Biosecurity for the Birds campaign. Biosecurity for the Birds informs poultry owners about the signs of serious poultry diseases, asks them to report sick birds and gives them information on practicing backyard biosecurity to keep their birds safe and healthy.