Poultry Industry Critiques Avian Flu Plan

US - The federal government needs to include lessons from Delmarva's avian flu experience before it finalizes its plans for handling future outbreaks in poultry, experts at an avian flu summit said Tuesday.

Officials from Delmarva's $2 billion poultry industry, state agricultural departments and universities discussed ways to improve upon the recently released interim federal response plan for avian flu with Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., Tuesday in Georgetown.

Castle organized the summit to give area bird flu experts an opportunity to comment on the federal plans so he could take back recommendations to Washington, D.C., where the U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting final touches on its report.

A mild form of avian flu was discovered in Delaware and Maryland two years ago. The region is being hailed as a model for its ability to quickly respond and contain the disease.

Source: The Daily Times
calendar icon 19 April 2006
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