Local folks are cleaning up and moving on as the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history continues to spread.
When bird flu struck some North Dakota flocks, a local professor was called on to offer his expertise.
Shafiqur Rahman is a
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday it is seeking to hire more federal contractors to help with the government's response to the domestic bird flu outbreak, which has resulted in more than 43 million birds being culled so far.
Research is needed to determine what biosecurity measures can be effective in keeping the avian influenza virus from entering turkey and chicken barns, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and of the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota.
The Montana Department of Livestock recommends that privately owned waterfowl sit out this coming show season citing the risk of avian influenza. Waterfowl can carry the highly pathogenic bird flu virus without showing signs of disease, increasing the risk for spread to other poultry.
PARIS - The number of cases of bird flu in the United States has started to decline and the epidemic is likely to be over within a couple of months, helped by warm weather in the summer, the U.S. chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday.
PARIS - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.
The U.S. has been hit with a bird flu outbreak that, as of May 7, involved 142 flocks and nearly 30 million birds.
This is the largest outbreak the U.S. has experienced and there are no signs that the death rate will stop at 30 million birds. The previous largest outbreak occurred in 1983 and continued into 1984, involving 17 million birds.
U.S. production of table eggs bound for breakfast tables, baked goods and other purposes was down 0.6 percent in April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, as the country's worst-ever bird flu outbreak decimated flocks.
As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives.
P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot
May 22, 2015
Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show.
Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter
May 21, 2015
With bird flu in the news, I hope folks will consider whether to continue using birds for food.
Think about those big sheds where birds are raised for consumption and what it would be like to spend your whole life there.
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