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A highly contagious strain of bird flu is affecting farmers across the United States

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A highly contagious strain of bird flu is affecting farmers across the United States

William Brang:

But what happens when farmers see signs that their birds may be sick?

Here at the Minnesota Bird Testing Lab, scientists are testing about 100 samples a day for bird flu using the same PCR process used to test for COVID.

Jerry Torrison runs a veterinary diagnostic lab at the University of Minnesota, which manages this facility jointly with the state.

Dr. Jerry Thorison, University of Minnesota: Producers, veterinarians, animal health supervisors must decide the fate of a flock of birds. They have to decide whether it is negative. This is commonplace. If it gives a positive result, if they are sick with the flu, then this herd is depopulated.

And they want to make those decisions as quickly as possible so that everyone can respond appropriately.

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