Sunday, January 08, 2006

U.S. chicken farmers to test for influenzas

An industry group announced Thursday that in order to head off what could be a dangerous bird flu epidemic, the nation’s chicken farmers will immediately begin testing nearly all flocks for influenzas.

The NCC (National Chicken Council), said that poultry-processing companies that control about 90 percent of the nation’s chicken production had joined the program. A council spokesman said that testing on approximately 1.6 million birds a year will begin by January 16, 2006

Carol Cardona, A poultry expert, said the decision “makes perfect scientific sense” in that it creates a system for spotting mutating influenza strains and could help avert panics over routine flus that affect birds.

However, Cardona said, the surveillance program might not speed up Farmer’s ability to spot the dangerous H5N1 flu strain that has killed millions of chickens in Asia and 76 humans.  Read more

Posted by john T. on 01/08 at 08:27 AM
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