Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
so do we need to worry about avian flu?
I just read a very informative article about AI recently that made me feel a lot better. I can't remember where I read it, but to summarize it, there are a lot of different strains (like the flu strains we try to vaccinate people for) and they vary quite a lot in terms of danger to the birds and transmissability to people. The main carriers are wild birds, and the worst of those are waterfowl, especially if they co-mingle with our domestics on a pond or open pen. It made me think I might just avoid ever keeping waterfowl as a way to reduce the chance of infection. Bad strains pass quickly through flocks and kill a lot of the birds, those get heavily quarantined if discovered, they will come and remove and kill every bird on your place.
AFAIK, no people-contagious strains have been found in the US, that would certainly raise a huge alarm in the press. I suppose the likelihood of that happening eventually is pretty high, hence the efforts to contain all strains, personally, I think it's partially about control for the birds sake, and partially about testing the readiness of our response if the worst happens.
Edited by dheltzel - 2/17/15 at 2:09am