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Notes to Broadcasters on Bird Flu:

Though bird flu has had the greatest impact on Asian countries – particularly Indonesia and Vietnam – this story reminds us that bird flu still poses a threat in sub-Saharan Africa. Following are some ideas for stories that you might consider researching in your own area:
-If massive bird culling has been required in your area, what impact did this have on poultry farmers? Were they compensated for their losses? Did they pursue other income generating activities to support their families?
-If there has never been a case of bird flu in your area, are people concerned about the disease? What precautions do poultry farmers take when handling sick fowl or slaughtering fowl?

You may also be interested in the following online resources related to bird flu:
-A DCFRN script with some answers to common questions (Avian Influenza Spots, Package 70, Script 2, November 2006).
-The World Health Organization’s home page on the disease:
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/en/
?The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) home page on the disease:
http://www.oie.int/eng/info_ev/en_AI_avianinfluenza.htm
?The Communication Initiative Network’s page for shared knowledge on the disease:
http://www.comminit.com/en/avianinfluenza.html

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