“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 university-operated facilities.