Monday, August 28, 2006

Concerned about avian flu in wild birds in the U.S.?

Then check out the National HPAI Early Detection Data System. The HEDDS site shows in which states wild birds have been tested for avian flu, how many birds have been tested and if the H5N1 virus has been detected in the samples.

The U.S. Geological Survey says:
Sampling has begun in many of the lower 48 states and will continue as birds begin migrating south from their northern nesting grounds. Data from three of the wild bird surveillance plan’s five strategies for early detection of HPAI are now viewable on HEDDS: sample numbers from (1) live wild birds tested, (2) subsistence hunter-killed birds, and (3) investigations of sick and dead wild birds. The other two strategies are: (4) surveillance of domestic birds as sentinel species; and (5) environmental sampling of water and wild bird droppings.

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