California Poultry Federation to mail AI brochures
Expanding its efforts to educate backyard
flock owners about the threats from bird diseases, the Modesto-based California
Poultry Federation is mailing educational material to about 9,000 backyard flock
owners in three counties in the San Joaquin Valley, CA
The mailings will inform owners about the recently established avian
influenza hotline, a toll-free number for backyard flock owners to turn to with
questions and concerns regarding their birds. Callers also can report sick or
One brochure, "Avian Influenza
: The Facts" provides important
information about bird flu and addresses some common concerns and misconceptions
explaining that avian influenza is an animal disease that is rarely transmitted
to humans and is not a pandemic flu.
"Backyard Biosecurity Practices to Keep Your Birds
Healthy" details how the implication of good biosecurity practices greatly
reduces the chances of a bird disease infecting any flock.
The California Poultry Federation
, a trade organization for
the state's commercial meat bird industry, has worked the past several years to
strengthen safeguards against the intrusion of bird diseases and is offering its
resources to those who raise birds for their own use.
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