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Bird flu stays on U.S. radar

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And with good reason.

Poultry farming is the state’s No. 1 animal industry, and a major outbreak of avian influenza would cripple a vital factor in Louisiana’s economy. From independent farmers with small farms servicing only friends and family to national corporations with Louisiana-based facilities contracting out to area farmers, a significant outbreak of the disease could be disastrous.

But there’s even more reason to fear avian flu than a crippling blow to the state’s poultry industry. Human lives could be at stake, too.

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