US bird flu outbreak worst on record (NASDAQ:IDXX)
The bird flu outbreak has claimed the lives of 50.54 million birds in the US so far this year, making it the nation’s worst on record, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Infected birds the virus often dies, leading to the culling of entire flocks, which can sometimes exceed a million laying birds in chicken farms, to avoid further transmission.
The US outbreak began in February and has affected poultry and non-poultry birds in 46 states, putting depopulation numbers above 2015. level when it is 50.5M the birds died.
The outbreak also contributed to the rise in food inflation due to its impact on the turkey and egg business.
An infection caused by a virus highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) poses a low risk to humans. However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises people to avoid unprotected contact with birds that appear sick or have died.
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