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Numerous published reports say that US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is now saying that a deadly strain of avian flu could find its way to the US before the end of the year.

Attributing the likelihood to birds’ migratory habits, Chertoff said “there will be a reasonable possibility of a domestic fowl outbreak" as migrating birds mix with ducks, chickens and other birds in the US.

"If we get a wild bird or even a domestic chicken that gets infected with avian flu, we're going to be able to deal with it, because we've got a lot of experience with that," Chertoff said. "I can't predict, but I certainly have to say that we should be prepared for the possibility that at some point in the next few months, a wild fowl will come over the migratory pathway and will be infected with H5N1.”
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