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Bird Flu Info.

Perhaps you have heard about Avian Influenza, or “bird flu” recently in the news. Maybe you are wondering if there is any danger of getting “bird flu” from eating chicken or turkey. The answer is “No” as long as the meat is properly cooked. The facts are: The type of avian influenza occurring in Asia is called the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1 HPAI). We have never had H5N1 HPAI in the United States. A few other things to consider.

The most important thing to remember is not to panic, now or if any strain of the bird flu affects the United States in the future. You should continue to eat, buy, and keep poultry. Just be sure you clean your hands and clothing properly after you have contact with live poultry. Finally, keep the area clean and disinfect regularly where you house your poultry. It is not recommended that you allow other people who care for live poultry onto an area where your poultry is kept. Lastly, remember to properly cook all meats before eating. For further information on the Bird Flu, see the National Chicken Council’s website.

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