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State and poultry industry take precautions against bird flu

State and poultry industry take precautions against bird flu

Agriculture officials and poultry farmers in Maryland are taking extra precautions against bird flu after outbreaks have devastated flocks in other states. 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 here. Some farms are taking part in additional training. No cases of the avian flu have been reported in Maryland. But state officials say they are reaching out to commercial farmers in the state's $1 billion poultry industry and the growing number of backyard chicken enthusiasts. The strain of bird...

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