Mandatory testing of poultry part of Utah's avian flu plan

UTAH - The wild card in preventing an outbreak of the deadly avian influenza in Utah's poultry flocks is bird migration.

On Wednesday, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food met with 25 state agencies, commercial producers and private entities to coordinate a plan for a worst-case scenario.

The plan emphasizes mandatory testing of birds at commercial poultry farms and a monitoring system that requires health certificates to be issued for every domestic bird brought into the state.

"I always say please cooperate because I don't want to play hard ball with you," said state veterinarian Michael Marshall. "And you won't want to play hard ball with me."

Source: Salt Lake Tribune
calendar icon 30 June 2006
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