Bird Flu In Philadelphia! DON’T PANIC!
From the Cattle Network (a website I would probably really like if it were a cable network) comes this rather disturbing news: A live bird market in Philadelphia was temporarily closed Wednesday after birds there tested positive for a type of avian influenza. No need to fear too much, says Stephanie Meyers, press secretary for the state agriculture department. She states in a press release that there have been no bird deaths and no birds are sick. Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolf said in that press release,
“Mild strains of avian influenza are very common in poultry, and we have no reason to think this strain is any different. We have the measures in place to detect avian influenza quickly, and this occurrence shows that our procedures are working. As soon as the department was made aware of the positive test, state and federal veterinarians were sent to the site to close the market, dispose of the birds and clean the facility according to state protocols.”
The Aggies (as I like to call those working for the department of Agriculture) are working to find out where the strain came from and to isolate it so it doesn’t spread.