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Scientists Watching Poultry for Flu

March 30, 2006
by Liv Osby
Greenville News (SC)

...Jeff Levi, senior policy adviser at the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit group focusing on disease prevention, says the U.S. does "a fairly good job" of regulating and monitoring the poultry industry compared with other countries. But he said there's no guarantee that those who identify sick chickens or take them to the processing plants or work in those plants couldn't be exposed to an infected bird, which might lead to mutation of the virus, putting the general population at risk. "People working in processing plants, by definition because they may be exposed to sick chickens, may be at some higher risk," he said. "What the level of risk is, I don't know."

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