Poultry Banned From Auctions, Fairs As Bird Flu Spreads Across Nebraska, Nation

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     Bird flu continues to spread across the state, prompting Nebraska agriculture officials to ban all auctions and fair events involving poultry. 

     The state ag department announced Saturday that a fourth case of avian influenza had been confirmed, this time in a small backyard flock in Holt County instead of a large commercial operation. 

        Cases of the highly contagious disease have been confirmed in at least 18 states, and more than 13 million chickens and turkeys have been slaughtered to limit its spread. 

      Health officials say bird flu does not present an immediate public health concern for humans.

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