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Use of lasers could be a way to keep avian flu away

Study looks at how using lasers on free-range layer farms deters wild birds that might have the virus from visiting and contaminating the free-range area

The use of lasers could be an effective way to prevent avian influenza from being introduced into free-range poultry flocks, according to a study.

Speaking during the International Egg Commission webinar, AI Prevention and Innovative Biosecurity Measures -- How the Dutch Egg Industry is Tackling AI, Dr. Armin Elbers, senior epidemiologist at Wageningen University and Research, noted that several different studies have shown that poultry on free-range layer farms have a higher risk of infection from contact with water or soil in the free-range area contaminated by feces from infected wild birds than layers who are kept inside.

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