Avian flu outbreak wipes out 50.54m US birds, a record

Chicago: Avian flu has wiped out 50.54 million birds in the world United States of america This year, making it the nation’s deadliest outbreak in history, US Department of Agriculture The data showed Thursday.
The deaths of chickens, turkeys and other birds represent the worst US animal-health disaster to date, topping the previous record of 50.5 million birds that died in an avian-flu outbreak in 2015.
Birds often die after becoming infected. Whole flocks, which can be upwards of a million birds in egg-laying chicken farms, are also culled to control the spread of the disease after one bird tests positive.
The loss of poultry flocks sent up prices for eggs and Turkey Meat to record highs, worsening economic pain for consumers facing red-hot inflation and making Thursday’s Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States more expensive. Europe and Britain Britain is also facing its worst avian-flu crisis, and some British supermarkets have put a hold on customers’ egg purchases after the outbreak disrupted supplies.
The US outbreak, which began in February, infected poultry and non-poultry flocks in 46 states. USDA data show. Wild birds such as ducks transmit a virus known as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) through their feces, feathers, or direct contact with poultry.
“Wild birds continue to spread HPAI across the country during migration, so preventing contact between domestic flocks and wild birds is critical to protecting American poultry.” Rosemary SiffordUSDA Chief Veterinary Officer.
Farmers have struggled to keep disease and wild birds out of their barns after increasing safety and cleaning measures following a 2015 outbreak. The USDA told Reuters that in 2015, about 30% of cases were directly of wild bird origin, compared to 85% this year.
Government officials are specifically studying infections at turkey farms in hopes of developing new recommendations to prevent infections. The USDA said Turkey farms account for more than 70% of commercial poultry farms infected with the outbreak.
People should avoid unprotected contact with birds that appear ill or have died, although outbreaks pose little risk to the general public. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Told.

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