The first two Berks County duck farms have been released from the highly pathogenic avian influenza control areas.
Berks 1 and Berks 2, a commercial duck breeder and a commercial duck meat bird operation, were released on May 31. The two farms were confirmed with avian influenza back on May 3.
USDA and the state do not publish the names of infected farms to protect privacy. After the control area is released, the infected farms must go through further protocols before they can restock with birds.
Pennsylvania offers an online map for farmers to check if they are still in a control area.
Pennsylvania has not had a confirmed case of avian influenza since May 23.
In Pennsylvania, sick or dead captive birds, whether commercial or backyard fowl, should be reported to the Department of Agriculture at 717-772-2852.
Lancaster Farming offers a printable one-page handout with biosecurity recommendations, avian influenza symptoms and numbers to call for reporting a suspected outbreak. Find it at bit.ly/protectyourflock.