Gov’t Worried About Underground Routes That Could Spread Bird Flu
created: 11/30/2005 6:14:54 PM
updated: 11/30/2005 6:22:57 PM
By Investigative Reporter Leisa Zigman
KSDK-Fears of a global killer flu, whether likely or not, have forced local, state, and federal officials to create pandemic emergency plans.
The I-Team recently obtained internal government documents that detail what officials aren’t telling us. The documents detail the underground routes the virus is predicted to take to spread into North America.
One route poses a chilling threat to Missouri and Illinois. It involves animal swap meets where birds and other animals are bought and sold like items at a flea market.
Sunday, we took hidden cameras into what Illinois agriculture officials call an illegal animal swap meet. Experts tell the I-Team the majority of people who buy and sell at swap meets are legitimate.
But they also say swap meets provide the perfect venue for smugglers.
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