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July 10, 2007

Virginia reacts to low-path H5N1

Via MSNBC, a report with an eyebrow-raiser: 54,000 Va. turkeys may have bird flu. Excerpt:

Virginia banned all live poultry sales and shows for the rest of July following the discovery of suspected avian flu antibodies in a flock of 54,000 turkeys on a Shenandoah County farm.

State veterinarian Richard Wilkes issued an order canceling all sales Monday, Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said Tuesday. The ban remains in effect until July 30.

Both low and the more severe high pathogenicity avian influenza pose no danger to humans, Lidholm said.

“The danger is really to the industry,” she said.

No danger to humans? Granted, the present danger is to poultry industries worldwide. But to say that high-path H5N1 poses no danger to humans goes beyond the spin boundary into untruth.

Posted by dymaxion at July 10, 2007 10:11 PM

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