In China, bird flu has infected 24 people and seven of them are dead. Four-hundred labs and 500 hospitals are on the lookout. Poultry markets in three cities are closed and 20,000 birds have been destroyed, just in case. Just confirmed on Tuesday, a 4-year-old boy died of bird flu in Vietnam.
With so much poultry in the Valley, WHSV spoke to officials with the Virginia Department of Agriculture about the impacts of bird flu here.
Poultry growing is one of the most popular agriculture industries in the area.
Commercial flocks are tested for bird flu before shipping, but the non-commercial or backyard growers do not test the birds as much.
Charles Broaddus with the Virginia Department of Agriculture, said wild birds passing along bird flu is a big concern.
"Most important thing they can do on a daily routine basis is practice good bio-security. That includes hand washing. It includes keeping people with potential compromised immune systems, the very young and the very old, away from any situations that could put them at risk," said Broaddus.
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