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Iowa State Fair keeps close eye on bird flu

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- While several state fairs around the country are calling off poultry shows because of the Midwest bird flu outbreak, the Iowa State Fair is taking a wait-and-see approach.
  
Spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says officials are monitoring the bird flu outbreak and coordinating plans with the state veterinarian and other agriculture officials.
  
She says poultry show entries are not due until July 1 giving fair officials time to monitor the situation and make a decision.
  
Scientists say warmer weather and an end to wild waterfowl migration is likely to stop the virus spread.
  
Bird flu has affected more than 33 million birds in 15 states hitting Minnesota and Iowa turkey and chicken flocks hardest.
  
Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are among states to have canceled poultry shows at state fairs.

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