Nebraska on Tuesday reported an outbreak of the highly deadly bird flu in a flock of 570,000 chickens kept for meat.
Millions of US broilers raised for meat, egg-laying chickens and turkeys have been infected with bird flu or culled since February to try to stop the disease from spreading.
Earlier this month, the US Department of Agriculture reported outbreaks of a highly deadly form of bird flu in commercial flocks in Maryland and South Dakota, raising concerns that wild birds are spreading the disease across the country.
Farmers are being ordered to kill their herds after the disease is detected, and importing countries such as Mexico, China and Korea have imposed country-specific import restrictions in response.
The avian flu outbreak is the worst since 2015, when nearly 50 million birds, mostly turkeys and egg-laying chickens, were killed in the US Midwest.
It comes at a time when food prices are skyrocketing due to labor shortages, supply chain problems and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a major exporter of wheat and corn.
The strain currently circulating is H5N1 and can be transmitted to humans, although US officials said there is a low risk to humans.
The US is the world’s largest producer and second largest exporter of poultry meat.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/22/lethal-bird-flu-found-in-nebraska-commercial-chicken-flock/ Deadly bird flu found in commercial chicken flock in Nebraska