Bird Flu

Humans aren’t the only people suffering this year. The outbreak of bird flu has led to the deaths of more than 37 million chickens and turkeys this year. Lacking the resources to isolate individual birds and prevent the spread of infection, entire flocks are killed if any bird in the flock has the disease. The death toll now is close to 10% of the total farm population of these animals in the US.

Only one human — a poultry handler from Colorado — has been infected with this flu. The main impact will be on the price of chickens, turkeys and eggs, which have reached record levels and are expected to increase further.

Avian flu is spread by wild birds, so this may present some issues for hunters, especially during turkey season in the fall.

Source: Insurance Journal



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