- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Cages usually filled with chickens, geese, ducks, roosters and hens sit empty this week at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair in South Bend.

Instead of showing techniques for handling their birds, 4-H members had to take a written test and post pictures of their animal in the empty cages. It’s not what the kids are used to and many were disappointed, but they’re complying with a statewide ban by the Indiana Board of Animal Health on the transport of birds because of a contagious strain of bird flu.

The South Bend Tribune (https://bit.ly/1CnhLjt ) reports that there has only been one confirmed case of infected poultry in Indiana.

According to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, a flock of 77 birds in Whitley County tested positive for bird flu.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, https://www.southbendtribune.com

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