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Current Event May 31, 2015

Bird Flu Sweeps Across the West


A new and deadly strain of avian influenza, or bird flu, has hit poultry farms in the Midwest. This outbreak is new and surprising because infectious disease experts don’t know how it is spreading. The old theory that the disease is spread between birds in close contact has not been consistent with this mutated strain of bird flu. Millions of chickens and turkeys have died so far, impacting both farmers and consumers. Listen to learn more about this disease and its transmission.

Life Science Civics/Government Health Agriculture

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AIR DATE: 05/21/2015


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