Chicken dies from herpes virus at Clark County Fair

CLARK COUNTY — A chicken died suddenly at the Clark County Fair and fair officials said the animal died as a result of a herpes virus.

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“It’s a herpes virus, highly contagious,” said Clark County Fair Veterinarian Dana King, who confirmed the diagnosis Friday morning.

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King said the fair was contacted Wednesday night after a chicken suddenly died, and after testing with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, it was determined the death was a result of the virus.

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The birds who were brought to the county fair are now being quarantined for 30 days, which will prevent any of the birds to attend the state fair in Columbus.

“The exhibitors going on to the state fair are going to be denied that opportunity, which we feel very sorry about.”

King said the virus usually has a low mortality rate, however they are contacting everyone who had an animal on exhibit at the fair.

“We’re going to have to inform every exhibitor unfortunately that we had a contagious disease here,” he said.  “Fortunately, it’s only in chickens and pheasants.”

The Clark County Fair ends Friday.

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