Alaska fair cancels poultry exhibits amid bird flu concerns

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials with the Alaska State Fair have decided against the usual array of poultry exhibits this year amid concerns about the avian flu.

    Fair CEO Jerome Hertel says officials believed it was best “to err on the side of caution.”

    The Anchorage Daily News reports the fair in Palmer usually has poultry exhibits with geese, turkey, and ducks.

    Officials say the fair will still include a baby chick exhibit.

    The fair begins on Aug. 19.

    In late April, state officials announced the first confirmed case in Alaska of a strain of a highly pathogenic avian flu virus.

    Most states have reported cases.

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