US Dept. of Agriculture airs bird flu public service announcements

The US Department of Agriculture is trying to reassure us about the chances of bird flu spreading to this country.

The USDA is showing new public service announcements on TV stations.

They show how inspectors are looking closely at chicken, and also checking wild birds for any sign of the virus that can spread quickly through poultry.

The whole idea is to make sure that you're not afraid eat poultry if it's cooked properly.

"Cooking kills the virus in poultry," says Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "So all we have to do to ensure poultry is safe is to follow the same common sense practices USDA has always recommended."

That means separate raw poultry, thoroughly wash your hands and preparing areas, and thoroughly cook poultry.

Inspectors will continue to monitor poultry and wild birds for any signs of infection.

For more information about bird flu, see, maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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