- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas has lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry flocks in two counties imposed after a case of bird flu was confirmed last month.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1aifLLV ) that the state Department of Agriculture lifted its restrictions for parts of Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties earlier this week.

The department created a so-called surveillance zone in mid-March after samples from a flock with ducks and chickens in Leavenworth County tested positive for bird flu.

The department said it responded to seven reported cases of sick birds but the tests for avian influenza were negative.

The agency still is encouraging poultry owners to isolate new animals, move livestock away from property boundaries and thoroughly clean equipment and animal areas.

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