Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Deploys Newly Minted Bird Flu Plan to Protect Humans, Poultry

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

U.S. Deploys Newly Minted Bird Flu Plan to Protect Humans, Poultry

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CHICAGO * U.S. farm and health officials are racing to assess the threat that a type of bird flu never before seen in the country poses to humans and poultry, employing emergency plans drawn up in the wake of a devastating outbreak in birds last year.

The federal government sprang into action on Friday after confirmation overnight that the virus had hit an Indiana turkey farm, alerting other states to the danger and putting workers who might have been exposed to the virus under surveillance.

Last year's outbreak led to the deaths of more than 48 million chickens and turkeys, either killed by the virus or culled to contain it. No cases were reported in humans.

Strains similar to the new virus, known as H7N8, have on rare occasions made people ill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials aim to reduce the risk of human infection.

They also want to blunt the impact on the poultry industry, which suffered billions of dollars in losses in last year's outbreak. …

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