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Florida Prepares for Bird Flu, Just in Case

Florida health officials say we’re ahead of the curve when it comes to being on the lookout for the deadly avian flu.

The state Health Department says Florida will welcome the extra money, but there’s a lot the state is already doing.

"Doc" Kokol with the Florida Dept. of Health says, “We've increased our laboratory capability to where we can identify avian flu if it ever were to come into the United States or Florida. We have bio-safety level 3 laboratories, which lets us safely and effectively handle that kind of influenza testing."

Avian flu has spread to birds in 16 countries, infecting at least 100 people and killing 62 people. It has not been detected in the U.S.


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