China's ban on U.S. poultry follows similar bans by Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea, after officials in the U.S. state of Delaware
reported a mild form of avian flu in a flock there.
It seems this epidemic of the Avian Flu has crossed the Atlantic and is now in Delaware.
U.S. officials have said there is no threat to human health from the flu strain found in Delaware last week because it is different from the one that
has spread to the human population in Asia, killing at least 18 people.
"Prompt reaction to an avian flu outbreak likely limited the disease to the small Delaware farm where it has been detected, but fallout from a series
of foreign bans on imports could sting the poultry industry, experts say.
The response has been quick "and everyone is expecting it will be completely contained," said Corrie Brown, an infectious animal disease expert at
the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tests on 19 of 20 chicken houses in central Delaware surrounding the infected flock were negative for avian flu, with results expected shortly on the
final house, state officials said Monday. A clean bill of health could lead to a lifting of the foreign trade bans. Brown, a former USDA official,
said poultry exports account for about 20 percent of the U.S. poultry industry. "
[Edited on 10-2-2004 by SkepticOverlord]