DATE: July 29, 2018
LOCATION: Clark County, Ohio
DETAILS: A chicken died suddenly at the Clark County Fair as a result of a herpes virus, fair officials said.
"It's a herpes virus, highly contagious," said Clark County Fair veterinarian Dana King, who confirmed the diagnosis July 27. "We're going to have to inform every exhibitor that, unfortunately, we've had a contagious disease here. Fortunately, it's only in chickens and pheasants."
King said the fair was contacted July 25 after a chicken suddenly died. After testing with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, it was determined the death was a result of the virus. King said the virus usually has a low mortality rate; however, officials are contacting everyone who had an animal on exhibit at the fair.
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