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As exports decline, Md. poultry industry feels repercussions from Asian flu cases overseas

by 5m Editor
23 October 2006, at 12:46pm

MARYLAND - Incidences of avian flu in far-flung parts of the world have taken a large bite out of Maryland's biggest farm business, poultry production.

An Asian strain of the flu, which has never been detected in the United States, has been blamed for at least 140 deaths in other parts of the world and has led to the destruction of millions of chickens overseas.

One repercussion was a significant decline in chicken exports last year, said Bill Satterfield, executive director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.

"Many ill-informed foreign consumers thought they needed to stop buying chicken in order to protect themselves and their families," Satterfield said at a recent meeting of Wicomico County economic development officials.

Source: Baltimore Sun

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