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Simple measures can prevent avian influenza

Migrating ducks and geese can spread avian influenza to domestic poultry flocks, and farmers should contact a veterinarian if they notice reduced feed consumption or egg production, or other unusual behavior in their flocks, said veterinarian Jack Shere of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Avian influenza outbreaks can be prevented by following simple biosecurity protocols, such as cleaning and disinfecting anything brought into the flock, changing boots and coveralls, avoiding other flocks, cleaning up feed and keeping wild birds out of the poultry facility, Dr. Shere said.

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