Wisconsin senator joins calls for better funding to fight avian flu
A group of seven senators wrote a letter to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) to make future funding a higher priority than it has been in the past. The NAHLN organizes testing for animal diseases, including avian flu, which is key to limiting the spread of these diseases.
“The outbreak and spread of (avian flu) are having severe economic consequences throughout the industry,” the letter said. “Across the U.S., an estimated 52,000 family farms that raise poultry are at risk. NAHLN laboratories have been operating at capacity, performing hundreds of tests daily, seven days a week, in order to quickly identify affected farms and enable animal health officials to contain the virus.”
“We respectfully request that full funding for the NAHLN be provided so that timely avian influenza testing is maintained,” the letter said.
A recent report from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said the state has a total of 10 H5N2 avian influenza cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently decided that the H5N2 avian influenza strain is not a threat to human health or to the food supply in the US.