April 17, 2015

Bird flu outbreak now spreading through Midwest poultry could head east with fall migration

Eastern U.S. poultry producers are bracing for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop.

The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking undetected somewhere in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter or fly back north next spring. Eastern poultry producers have had tight biosecurity measures and response plans in place for several years. Now they’re preparing for the worst, said Donna Carver, extension veterinarian at North Carolina State University.  Read More

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