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Is China becoming numb from repeated warnings of avian flu outbreaks

referring to “Every year we seem to have some sort of bird flu outbreak, but it never seems to affect anyone I know.
Gradually you stop worrying about it.”The 2013 outbreak was the first in China of the H7N9 bird flu strain.
Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast-food and travel companies.
The number of posts mentioning “bird flu” or “H7N9” on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblog — a useful proxy for gauging consumer interest or concern — peaked at just over 40,000 on Feb. 15, after the Health Ministry said as many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in January alone.
Global health bodies and government organizations in China have long said properly cooked chicken is not a safety risk.

 

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referring to Tennessee poultry farmers are taking precautions after a highly-contagious bird flu infected a facility in Lincoln County.
“Possibly feces from a wild bird outside the house or a wild bird could’ve gotten into the vent system and transmitted it that way,” Hatcher said.
The State of Tennessee announced Monday it detected a strain of highly contagious bird flu in chickens at an independent facility in Lincoln County.
Judy Wood raises several breeds of chickens at Poultry Hollow Hatchery, but the goal for each is the same.
The state ordered all chickens at that facility, nearly 74,000 to be euthanized, and it’s testing poultry within a ten mile radius.

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Tyson Foods issues statement after avian flu strikes Tennessee farm

Tyson Foods has released a statement after a North American strain of avian influenza struck a Tennessee chicken grower, resulting in the depopulation of 74,000 birds.
In the unlikely event that any chickens affected by avian influenza were ever processed, there’s no evidence to suggest that any form of avian influenza can be transmitted to humans from properly cooked poultry.
Tyson Foods owns the birds which were grown at the Lincoln County facility where the avian flu was detected last Friday.
PHOTO: MGNNASHVILLE, Tenn.–Tyson Foods has released a statement after a North American strain of avian influenza struck a Tennessee chicken grower, resulting in the depopulation of 74,000 birds.
“Consumers should know that this is an animal health issue and not a food safety issue.

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