With new outbreaks in Iowa and Missouri, practically 2.8 million birds — nearly completely chickens and turkeys — have died in a single month as a consequence of extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), the Agriculture Division mentioned on Monday. The viral illness has been recognized in 23 poultry farms and yard flocks in a dozen states since February 8, when the primary report of “excessive path” chook flu in a home flock was reported.
HPAI was confirmed over the weekend on a turkey farm with 50,000 birds in Buena Vista County in northwestern Iowa and in a yard mixed-species flock of 43 birds in Bates County in western Missouri, about 50 miles south of Kansas Metropolis.
These discoveries adopted the Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service’s affirmation of HPAI in a flock of 664,061 laying hens in Cecil County, within the northeast nook of Maryland, and in 360,000 broiler chickens in Stoddard County, in southeastern Missouri.
Greater than 50 million chickens and turkeys died in an HPAI epidemic that ran from December 2014 via June 2015, driving up egg costs and leaving some grocery shops wanting eggs. The outbreak additionally triggered import bans by some international locations in opposition to U.S. poultry meat; 16% of U.S. poultry meat is exported.
The USDA checklist of HPAI outbreaks is accessible right here.
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