Georgia Lifts Poultry Restrictions

Georgia has lifted poultry restriction just more than a month after enacting them following the first confirmation of avian influenza in commercial birds in Georgia.

“Effective immediately, all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in the State of Georgia are permitted to return back to normal operation,” said state veterinarian, Robert M. Cobb Jr.

The restrictions were imposed on March 16. About 18,000 chickens were destroyed in a poultry farm in northwest Georgia around that time after the disease was confirmed from a flock.

Meanwhile, chickens at the Chattooga County commercial farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of bird flu.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said no infected poultry has entered the food chain.

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