Bird flu has not made it to the United States, and there's still no indication, if it ever will. But one thing's for certain. If bird flu makes it to the U.S., it will likely show up first in poultry.
That's the reason the Board of Animal Health is practicing its emergency response to possible outbreaks in birds. Emergency responders gathered at the fairgrounds today, to do a trial run of plans that are in place to contain the deadly strain of bird flu if it affects Mississippi flocks.
Health officials say the best way to protect people is to contain it quickly in bird populations. Animal health investigators deal with all contagious and infectious diseases in animals.