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Some Poultry Sellers in Arkansas Express Concern About Bird Flu

APRIL 14, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some poultry sellers in Arkansas are expressing concern about the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has led to the deaths of millions of birds around the world and can kill humans under some circumstances.

The virus has not been found in the United States.

Thousands of live birds are sold every week in Arkansas through live bird markets and farm stores.

William Robinson, who recently attended the Centerton Livestock Auction, says that if the bird flu arrives in Arkansas, he'll get rid of all of his birds.

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is monitoring the situation.  It tested more than 20,000 birds for flu in March, up from about 7,000 tests in March 2005.

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