The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is temporarily banning the sale of poultry at exhibitions, fairs and swaps in April.   State Veterinarian Doctor Beth Thompson says the move is in response to the highly contagious bird flu:

“Because we have a foreign animal disease, avian influenza, in the state at this time…we thought it was necessary to put a pause on any of those events for the next month. We want to make sure that all of our poultry in Minnesota is healthy.”

Thompson says the ban does not affect turkey, chicken or eggs that consumers purchase at the grocery store.  She says avian influenza has been detected in 25 states and is traveling in wild waterfowl.