>>State Orders Birds Destroyed, Quarantined In Lancaster County
(Lancaster County, PA) -- State agriculture officials have ordered over a million birds to be euthanized or quarantined in response to avian flu in Lancaster County. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says they're also establishing a more than six-mile quarantine area encompassing 162 poultry farms. He says they're taking the measures to prevent further spread of the viral disease after it was discovered in the area Saturday. The poultry industry is a more than seven billion dollar business in Pennsylvania.
>>Poultry, Egg Shows Banned Due To Avian Flu
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has temporarily banned poultry and egg exhibitions due to the threat of avian flu. The ban will last until June 6th unless the department rescinds the order. Some exhibitors fear, though, that the ban will be extended through the summer. They say that will make it tough on kids who take part in 4-H poultry shows.