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Avian Influenza / Poultry Health & Disease / Biosecurity / North America / Industry News & Trends
on October 30, 2018

Avian flu can be transmitted by air, but focus on fomites

Studies have shown that transmission of virus by air is a rare occurrence, USDA’s Dr. David Swayne says

It is possible for poultry flocks to be infected with avian influenza through airborne transmission, but those odds are so slim that producers should instead focus their biosecurity efforts on preventing the spread of the virus through fomite exposure, a leading veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.

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