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

by 5m Editor
30 June 2006, at 12:00am

UTAH - The wild card in preventing an outbreak of the deadly avian influenza in Utah&#39;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. &quot;I always say please cooperate because I don&#39;t want to play hard ball with you,&quot; said state veterinarian Michael Marshall. &quot;And you won&#39;t want to play hard ball with me.&quot; <i>Source: Salt Lake Tribune</i>

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