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As Linn County Fair begins, extra precautions taking place for Poultry Show amid bird flu

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Wednesday was the first day of the Linn County Fair, and the 4-H/FFA Poultry Show is still on, amid worries over bird flu.

Chickens were checked in Wednesday morning and a veterinarian examined all the birds. The Poultry Show is scheduled for Saturday.

So far this year, more than 40 million chickens and turkeys nationwide were killed because of bird flu.

It appears to be waning, but experts worry another surge could pop up this fall.

Linn County Fair officials say a few people wanted to stay home to be safe, but a majority of the families are exited to show their birds similar to last year.

However, they did make some changes.

"We've pushed back our pullorum typhoid testing until closer to be fair," ISU Linn County Youth Coordinator JD Otterbien said. "We talk to our kids about biosecurity so that way they understand when fair goers are coming through, they're going to really be heavily encouraging than hand washing which we always encourage but a little extra this year. "