Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bird Flu Discovered Locally

Lovingly lifted from KHBS, Ch. 40:

15,000 Hens In Arkansas
Test Positive For Bird Flu Exposure

Jon Fitch, director of the (AR) state's Livestock and Poultry Commission, said routine blood tests conducted Friday found the possible exposure. Fitch said further tests show the birds did not have active infections, but rather were exposed to a subtype of the disease.

Fitch said there is "absolutely no human health threat" from the birds. He said the birds tested positive for the H7N3 strain of the bird flu, not the H5N1 bird flu virus that began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003.

Tyson representatives also said that, as a preventative measure, "Tyson is also stepping up its surveillance of avian influenza in the area." The company plans to test all breeder farms that serve the local Tyson poultry complex, as well as any farms within a ten mile radius of the affected farm, company representatives said.

NO WORD on where the "affected farm" is...

For Pete's Sake, don't let the discrepancy of a few digits get in your way. This is serious, gang. Huge chicken houses dot this area, outside the 10-mile radius mentioned, like pixels on your monitors. For small time chicken farmers like me (population: 18), this catches my attention immediately, as I have no testing method for avian flu, version whatever. That would be my luck: Being the first casualty in America from the bird flu.

"ah ah aaah-choooo"

And whatever you do, Don't Let Oprah Know about it. Tell Matt Drudge, instead.

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