- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s agriculture officials are canceling all poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus.

The order issued Tuesday also applies to poultry auctions and swap meets.

The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn’t been found so far in Ohio. But state agriculture director David Daniels says banning all poultry shows is a needed step to protect Ohio’s poultry industry.

Ohio is the nation’s second biggest egg-producing state and chicken and turkey farms pour about $2.3 billion into the state’s economy.

Several other states already have canceled poultry shows at fairs this summer, including Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.

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