Sunday, March 20, 2022

At Least 12.6 Million Chickens and Turkeys Lost To Bird Flu Outbreak In US

By Tim Gamble

Iowa officials have announced that new cases of Bird Flu at a second egg-laying farm in the state will require another 5.3 million chickens to be killed. This raises the total number of chickens and turkeys lost to the national bird flu epidemic to at least 12.6 million in eight states. The bird flu has been found in wild birds, mostly ducks and geese, in 24 states this year. 

The CDC states that the bird flu outbreak does not present an immediate public health concern, and that no human cases of the avian influenza virus have been detected in the US. It remains safe to eat poultry products, as cooking poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses, according to the CDC. 

The bird flu pandemic is ongoing, and there will likely be more chickens and turkeys lost to it in the coming weeks. In an atmosphere of already high inflation and supply chain problems, the bird flu pandemic will cause even more inflation pressure on chicken, turkey, and eggs at supermarkets across the nation. The severity of the inflation and the possibility of actual shortages at stores will depend on the length of the pandemic and the amount of birds lost to it, both of which are unpredictable at this point. 

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