- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Waterfowl have been banned from poultry contests in next month’s Delaware State Fair due to concerns about bird flu.

The state’s Department of Agriculture announced the ban of ducks and geese on Monday, ahead of the 10-day fair, which begins July 23 in Harrington.

Other birds, including chickens, quail and turkeys, will still be allowed to be exhibited after being tested for the flu.

Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst says in a statement that the ban is regrettable but necessary because the virus can infect many kinds of waterfowl without them showing symptoms.

Hirst says the bird flu has not been found in Delaware or elsewhere on the East Coast, but it can be easily spread.

The virus has not been found to affect human health or food safety.


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