Poultry producers grab CDC's ear

US - The government should focus less on stockpiling human medicines against a potential bird flu pandemic and more on preventing the virus's spread among animals, a poultry industry executive said.

The executive said he made the comments in a closed-door meeting Wednesday between poultry company leaders and the director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It seems to me, as an industry observer, that a lot is being expended on trying to stockpile Tamiflu _ which may or may not work," said John Smith, director of health and hatchery services for Fieldale Farms, a poultry company based in Baldwin, Ga.

More time and money should be spent on slaughtering or vaccinating birds in Asia and other affected areas where the virus has been spotted, Smith told the Associated Press.

Source: The Associated Press
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