Group works to prevent Avian Flu from spreading

(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A group in New Haven met Monday morning to talk about the Avian Flu and how to prevent it from making its way here.

We’ve already seen a spike in eggs and that could continue to just get worse. So, right now they’re trying to improve a vaccine to try and prevent the spread.

Related: Northeast agriculture officials to meet in New Haven

Also, they are monitoring poultry flocks and routinely testing domestic birds too. Scientists are concerned that migratory birds will mix with infected Canadian birds and bring it down with them. They believe it is only spread among birds through fecal matter.

If it comes, the biggest impact will be on poultry producers and therefore you could see the price of turkey and eggs rise even more.

“Trying to be ready if this comes to the East Coast and minimize the impact, but no matter how prepared you are there’s always damage,” said Tom Mckenna, USDA New England Division.

It could be here as early as next fall. They don’t believe it can spread to animals other than birds. So, they want to remind folks you and your furry pets can not catch Avian Flu.

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