Experts Say Bird Flu to Cost Asia $500 Million

From Times Wire Reports

Stamping out Asia’s deadly bird flu and restocking its poultry flocks will cost at least $500 million, experts said.

“Enormous amounts of money are required,” Samuel Jutzi, head of animal health at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said at the end of a three-day meeting on fighting the disease in Bangkok. “We have an amount of $500 million at least mentioned. I think that will be even at the lower end.”

Bird flu has spread across much of Asia since January, killing at least 22 people and prompting the slaughter of about 100 million birds.