Bird Flu now in US
Feb. 12, 2004. 09:29 AM
Bird flu found in New Jersey market
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A strain of bird flu has been found at four live chicken markets in northern New Jersey, just days after outbreaks at two farms in Delaware led to the destruction of thousands of birds.
New Jersey health officials stressed that the findings are not unusual for the state's live poultry markets and said the strain is not known to be harmful to humans.
Nancy Halpern, the state veterinarian, said the markets likely got the virus from one of the many farms and distributors who supply them. New Jersey has about 35 live chicken markets across the state.
"We believe the virus is coming to (the markets)," Halpern told the Star-Ledger of Newark in a story published today. "They can be doing everything right and still have a market that tests positive."
Damn Canadians giving us their diseases again!
I would think it was more than likely transmitted by someone carrying the disease who has visited mainland China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. and subsequently visited the poultry market in NJ.
With jet travel, it could hop across the Pacific in a matter of days, similar to the way SARS hopped to Vancouver & Toronto this summer.