Should people stop eating chicken because of bird flu?

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No. The spread of bird flu should have no effect on people's consumption of chicken or other poultry. Thorough cooking kills the flu virus, along with any bacteria present.

But, do follow standard preparation procedures when handling raw chicken. Kitchen tools and surfaces used to prepare chicken for cooking should be disinfected thoroughly. And don't place vegetables or other raw food on a cutting board that was used to prepare chicken.

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