Is the next pandemic on its way? Highly pathogenic bird flu is spreading across the US. If it’s not the next epidemic, it will not help inflation and meat prices will skyrocket in a few weeks… Now the question is, are they shutting down supply chains?
Bird flu found at 4th Indiana turkey farm
Avian influenza has been detected in a fourth commercial poultry flock in southern Indiana, state officials said Saturday.
Another possible case was found about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away in Greene County earlier in the week. Two previous cases were found in adjacent Dubois County.
Officials have begun euthanizing the 15,200 birds at the latest farm to prevent the spread of the disease.
A 6.2-mile circle has been established around the latest farm in Greene County. Thirteen commercial poultry flocks within the new control area are under quarantine and will be tested regularly.
The turkey infections are the first confirmation of highly pathogenic bird flu in commercial poultry in the U.S. since 2020.
Indiana ranks third nationally in turkey production. [WTop]
Avian influenza detected in New York
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Suffolk County, New York.
State officials quarantined the affected premises, and birds on the properties will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.
The recent HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States.
U.S. detects highly lethal bird flu in Tyson Foods chickens
A flock of about 240,000 chickens owned by Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) in Kentucky tested positive for a highly lethal form of bird flu, government officials and the company said on Monday, widening an outbreak that threatens the U.S. poultry industry.
Infections in the chickens being raised for meat triggered more restrictions on U.S. exports, with China blocking poultry products from Kentucky. Last week, buyers like China and Korea limited poultry purchases from Indiana due to an outbreak at a commercial turkey farm there. read more
The broiler chickens in Fulton County, Kentucky, located near the border with Tennessee, were infected with the same H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian flu as the turkeys in Indiana, Kentucky officials said.
They said it is Kentucky’s first outbreak of the highly lethal bird flu, which killed more than 50 million U.S. chickens and turkeys in 2015.
Birds from the infected flock will be culled and will not enter the food system, state officials said.
Tyson Foods is working with government authorities to prevent the disease from spreading and is heightening safety measures at other local farms, spokesman Gary Mickelson said.
The outbreak is not expected to lower overall chicken production levels because thousands of farms raise chickens for Tyson, he said. Mickelson added that Tyson Foods’ chicken products are safe to eat.
The disease was also detected in a backyard flock of birds in Fauquier County, Virginia, that have already been culled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The cases do not present an immediate public health concern, the agency said.
The United States is the world’s largest producer and second-largest exporter of poultry meat, according to the U.S. government. Kentucky said it is the seventh biggest chicken-meat producing state. Almost 18% of U.S. poultry production is exported, and the industry is a major user of feed grains.
The disease is hitting the market as poultry supplies are down due to strong demand and labor shortages at meat plants during to the COVID-19 pandemic. Government data showed U.S. frozen chicken supplies were down 14% from a year ago at the end of December while turkey inventories were down 23%. [Reuters]
77,000 chicken to be culled in the Netherlands
The Netherlands will cull about 77,000 chickens on a farm where a case of highly contagious bird flu was detected, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. About 20 cases of the highly lethal form of avian flu have been reported in the Netherlands this year.
According to officials, this is one of the worst outbreaks in recent times:
Officials hope there will be no repeat of the 2015 avian flu outbreak in US
The agricultural sector will remain vigilant to avoid a repeat of the , which affected 211 farms in 15 states, from California to Indiana.
During that flare-up, nearly 50 million birds were killed and their carcasses destroyed, and several countries suspended US imports. The department put total losses at about $3.3 billion.
After the first case was discovered in Indiana last week, Mexico and China moved quickly to limit imports from that state. A spokesman for the National Chicken Council said that any detection of the virus was “worrying” but said the control and monitoring program put in place by the authorities is “the most robust in the world.”
Europe is already experiencing an unprecedented avian flu outbreak, with more than 18 million birds slaughtered in Italy and around three million in France since the first cases detected in farms at the end of November. Now avian flu is spreading across the US…
Is the next pandemic on its way? This is sure according to Bill Gates and it may get even worse than COVID… Or are they just trying to shut down out supply chain? In any cases, be prepared and get ready right now!
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