Bird flu quarantine lifted at last of 10 Indiana farms

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials have lifted their quarantine on the last of 10 southwestern Indiana poultry farms where a bird flu outbreak discovered in January impacted the state’s top turkey-producing region.

The quarantine at the Dubois County farm was ended Sunday when it was declared virus-free after the composting of the carcasses of its euthanized birds and thorough cleanings of its poultry barns.

State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer says the first quarantine at the 10 affected farms was lifted March 19. The quarantines at the nine other farms were lifted over the last several weeks as each was declared virus-free.

The release of the last quarantine coincides with Indiana achieving virus-free status after going 90 consecutive days with no new cases of the poultry disease.