Jun 4, 2008

Bird Flu In America: 15,000 Hens Test Positive For Exposure To The Bird Flu In Arkansas

Bird flu hits North America once again.

CBS News is reporting that Tyson Foods is slaughtering 15,000 hens that have tested positive for exposure to the bird flu.

Of course the authorities are trying to assure us that we have nothing to worry about and that this strain of the bird flu is no threat to humans at all.

But why can't they stop it? Why is bird flu spreading like wildfire among the birds of the world with no end in sight?

What happens if Americans start catching this disease?

A portion of the source article form CBS News is reproduced below:



Tyson Foods Inc. has begun killing and burying the carcasses of 15,000 hens in northwest Arkansas that tested positive for exposure to a strain of the avian flu that is not harmful to humans, state officials said Tuesday.

Jon Fitch, director of the state's Livestock and Poultry Commission, said routine blood tests conducted Friday found the possible exposure. Further tests done by the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found the birds did not have active infections, but rather were exposed to a subtype of the disease.

Fitch said the company immediately began disposing of the birds.

"There is absolutely no human health threat," Fitch said. "But we take this very seriously."

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