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Millions and millions of turkeys, and recently even chickens, have died in Minnesota over the last month.  Why?  It’s safe to say nobody really knows what’s going on.  Everyone who knows about it is referring to it as the Bird Flu, but this disease is not the same as the deadly Bird Flu in China which occurred a  little over ten years ago.

The Bird Flu in China began in chickens and slowly became a larger epidemic, until the first human contracted it and panic spread.  Soon after that, all the chickens of China were killed to stop the spread.

The jump from birds to humans is the reason for the unease today.  Almost everyone is a little nervous that this disease today will jump first to wild turkeys and then to those hunting these wild creatures.  Because of this slight irrationality, many lists of precautions have been released, and it has become imperative to many to follow them.

While these lists can be lengthy, they must be taken very seriously and followed carefully.  This advice can be anywhere from wearing protective gloves and disposing of them properly, to washing hands with alcohol wipes after contact with any bird.  Other precautions include wrapping the non-edible inside organs and feathers twice, thoroughly disinfecting tools used for butterflying, and cooking meat to a temperature of 165 degrees fahrenheit.  Another simple task anyone can do is notifying the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if a sick bird is found.  Although some measures seem to be taken to extremes, it is very important to follow all instruction to prevent this disease from jumping from domestic birds to wild birds, and especially to humans.

This deadly epidemic will keep on impacting the state of Minnesota and many others until it is under control.  In order for it to be under control, all people must following the guidelines for prevention.  Especially in this day and age, we must do all that can be done.

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