Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be 'devastating' to poultry

April 16, 2015 10:08 PM

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Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be 'devastating' to poultry

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer says the country's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years and it could be devastating.

Dr. John Clifford spoke Thursday in Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that led to the deaths of over 2 million turkeys and chickens in the Midwest since early March.

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