US Bird Flu Puts Farmers on High Alert

United States farms that raise turkeys and chickens for meat and eggs are on high alert following last week’s announcement of the virus infecting a commercial turkey flock in Indiana. The 29,000 turkeys in the flock were killed to prevent the spread of bird flu. Government officials and the poultry industry are urging caution as this strain of bird flu is particularly deadly to commercial poultry. If more birds are infected, the prices of turkey, chicken, and eggs could rise significantly. Regulators are watching the virus carefully and consider this a high-risk period. Bird flu has been a recurring issue for Europe, and it is hoped that this outbreak can be controlled. Both the United States and Europe have improved surveillance and action plans to combat this virus.

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Posted on 16 February 2022