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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

NPR on Bird Flu

An NPR story today reviews the latest paper indicating that poultry may pose the greatest risk of transmitting H5N1 avian influenza to the United States. While NPR usually does a decent job of reporting, this bit had me in stitches:
If the avian flu did reach the United States through wild birds, some say the virus wouldn't necessarily devastate the poultry industry, because chickens are usually raised in sealed barns. But growing numbers of chickens are now raised as free-range poultry. By law, free-range birds must spend part of their lives outside, where they can mingle with wild chickens.

Wild chickens. Now that's scary!

3 comments:

mon@rch said...

Have not heard this on NPR yet but sounds interesting! Will check it out!

Anonymous said...

Check the transcript again...I heard the story and I recall (falsely perhaps?) that it said "migratory birds" or "wild birds". I don't remember wild chickens, but I could be mistaken.

birdchaser said...

Check the fourth to the last paragraph of the linked story in the post. At least on the print version, its wild chickens.

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