US Preps for Possible Bird Flu Return
Mon Oct 12, 2015 02:23 PM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and killed more than 48 million birds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is hiring hundreds of veterinarians and other temporary workers to help respond to the threat. USDA also is weighing its first use of bird-flu vaccines, and states are ramping up employee training and readying equipment to compost dead chickens.

Poultry giants including Perdue Farms Inc., Tyson Foods ...

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