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Preventive Medicine for Bird Flu

Wisconsin is already taking steps to prevent avian influenza -- or bird flu -- if the disease is found in the United States.

Officials say places like Jennie-O Turkey Store near Barron already does a large amount of testing though the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Egg producer Daybreak Foods also helped by participating in a disease outbreak exercise for emergency response with local county agencies and the state agricultural department in September.

Other states -- like Iowa -- have surveillance programs in place when poultry is slaughtered.

A severe strain of bird flu has killed 60 people in Asia this year.


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