BALTIMORE (AP) — Agriculture officials and poultry farmers in Maryland are taking extra precautions against bird flu after outbreaks devastated flocks in other states.
The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/1CEe8A3 ) reports the Maryland Department of Agriculture has banned the entry of waterfowl in fairs and shows in the state, stepped up testing requirements for poultry and met with emergency-management officials to prepare in case of an outbreak.READ MORE: Nets Hold Off Wizards' Rally, Beat Washington 119-118
No cases of the avian flu have been reported in Maryland. But state officials say they’re reaching out to commercial farmers in the state’s $1 billion poultry industry and the growing number of backyard chicken enthusiasts.READ MORE: Three Killed, One Injured In East Baltimore Shooting
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in 21 states since December. The disease spreads through the animals’ saliva, feces and nasal secretions.MORE NEWS: Cerruti Scores 20 To Carry Albany Over UMBC 66-54
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