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Bird flu has not reached the United States yet, but experts predict that the disease will eventually come here. How prepared is the state government for such an outbreak? Among the steps North Carolina has taken are development of a pandemic influenza response plan; creation of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response; and setting up seven regional response teams for early detection and response.
In early 2015, the bird flu migrated from Asia to the United States, infecting birds in 15 states. In response to the potential arrival of the disease on the East Coast, The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services passed a mandate requiring all poultry owners to register for an NCFarmID number, which the agency will use to track the spread of bird flu and warn owners of nearby threats to their birds. Many backyard chicken owners fear this regulation of their bird owning and what this means for their birds.