Marek’s Disease – United States

Canadian Poultry magazine
July 29, 2018
By Canadian Poultry magazine
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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