Highly infective bird flu
According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), an outburst of highly pathogenic avian flu in an Indiana turkey flock is the nation’s first case in a commercial poultry operation since 2020. This outbreak brought immediate reaction from importers seeking to limit the spread of the bird flu. According to Indiana, the strain of the virus was H5N1, the state’s first case of highly infective bird flu in commercial poultry since 2016, when 400,000 birds were killed.
Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said that the H5N1 strain has been wreaking havoc on Asia and Europe, however, bird flu does not pose an instant health concern to people. Sumner also stated that the Indiana outbreak is significant as it indicates that the strain has entered a migratory pathway for birds called the Mississippi Flyway that includes major U.S. poultry-producing states like Mississippi.
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