The US has never had a case of H5N1 avian influenza,
but new cases this month in Asia and Hungary are making the American poultry
"A case of bird
in the US could be devastating," said Don Dalton, president of the
US Poultry and Egg
. Overseas buyers would likely ban US chicken and consumers here
could shy away from it, he added.
John Clifford, a deputy administrator at USDA
's Animal Plant Health and
, stated that the government
is continuing its extensive surveillance program to minimise the risk of the disease arriving via
migratory or imported birds. In addition, the government has spent money and provided
resources to fight the disease overseas. Clifford said, "If we can reduce the
level abroad, we can therefore reduce the risk of it being introduced into the
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