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Md. Officials Say No Poultry Deaths After All

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland agriculture officials say there were no poultry deaths in Maryland after all due to Hurricane Irene.

Julie Oberg, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, said Thursday that an earlier report from the department of about 30,000 chicken deaths in Maryland was a mix up that resulted after a conference call with a large number of people about storm damage with Delaware officials.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture had reported the deaths in Maryland on Tuesday. The department issued a statement Wednesday night saying the deaths had occurred in Delaware, not Maryland.

Anne Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman with the Delaware Department of Agriculture, said Thursday the Delaware State Veterinarian’s Office has received reports of 57,000 poultry deaths due to Irene.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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