US aims to test 100,000 wild birds for bird flu

19-06-2006 | |

A nationwide survey in the United States is underway to sample between 75,000 and 100,000 wild birds for bird flu – in an US effort to contain the virus should it arrive in the US.

The majority of samples will be taken in Alaska, which is the flight-path for many migrating birds travelling between Asia and the US mainland.

So far several thousand samples have been taken from migratory in Alaska have tested negative for the deadly virus.

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