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Avian Influenza FAQs:

What is done to protect healthy animals and prevent the spread of disease?


Poultry companies and farmers practice strict biosecurity at all times and it is heightened during any outbreak of avian influenza. The trucks carrying feed are hosed down, personnel wear protective clothing and plastic boots and go through footbaths, farmers stay away from community gatherings, and farmers generally keep their farms locked down until the problem has passed. The eradication efforts in Virginia, Delaware and Texas in recent years resembled military operations in their scope and precision.