US officials confident of AI preparedness
US officials' confidence about domestic bird flu
strategies is growing, but they are still worried about the risk overseas,
according to an official from the US Department of Agriculture.
"We're assuming it's going to get here," DeHaven said. "We're preparing,
from a regulatory perspective that it's going to get here."
More than a year ago, President Bush announced an aggressive federal effort
to increase vaccination capabilities and boost testing of wild and domestic
birds for avian influenza.
In the past year, state and federal wildlife officials have tested
around 100,000 wild, migratory birds
. Nationally, the USDA
has certified 58 labs to
conduct rapid screening tests for avian influenza, mostly state and
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