Monday, May 2, 2022 - On May 1, the Oklahoma State Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry announced a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been discovered in Sequoyah County.
There will be a Zoom meeting Monday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss this issue. Poultry producers, enthusiasts, manufacturers, or hobbyists are encouraged to attend the meeting to assist in helping with the control of HPAI.
Starting on May 1, all poultry shows, public sales, and swap meets are banned in the state of Oklahoma. This ban is in an effort to halt any potential spread of the virus. The ban will expire on July 30 unless evidence shows an extension is needed.
The current HPAI findings in birds do not present a direct public health concern at this time, and there is no danger to food sources. However, affected birds will not enter the food supply system.
Possible cases should be reported to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture at 405-522-6141. The link to the Zoom meeting on May 2 can be found on the Sequoyah Co. FCS/4-H/Agriculture Facebook page.
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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