Biosecurity Concerns Raised by Bird Flu

Monday, June 1, 2015

An article in USA Today quotes Michael T. Osterholm of Consortium member Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) about the biosecurity weaknesses expose by the most recent avian flu outbreaks in Iowa and Minnesota. More than 45 million chickens, turkeys and ducks have been destroyed as a result of the virus, which has led Ohio and Michigan to join Indiana in banning all bird shows in an effort to avoid outbreaks there. "Obviously, the biosecurity systems we have are not adequate," says Osterholm.