Title: Minnesota Egg Operation Culls Nearly 1 Million Chickens Amid Bird Flu Outbreak
In a devastating blow to the poultry industry, a massive bird flu outbreak has led to the culling of close to 1 million chickens at a Minnesota egg operation. The affected farm, located in Wright County, was found to have harbored the highly contagious virus among its 940,000 egg-laying chickens.
In accordance with disease management protocols, all birds at the operation where the avian influenza was detected had to be culled. As a result, the number of birds killed to prevent the virus’s spread across Minnesota, mostly turkeys, has now reached a staggering 5.5 million since the beginning of 2022.
Although the virus is typically transmitted by migratory birds, the autumn migration has triggered a new wave of outbreaks in the state. Dr. Brian Hoefs, the State Veterinarian, highlights the critical importance of maintaining stringent biosecurity measures to control the spread of the virus.
The recent month has seen over 350,000 turkeys killed across five counties in Minnesota alone. However, state officials assure the public that this outbreak is not expected to have any impact on the availability or prices of Thanksgiving turkeys.
While bird flu is not a risk to food safety, it did contribute to soaring egg prices last winter. Nevertheless, consumers can remain reassured, as the current outbreak is not projected to affect egg prices or availability.
The repercussions of the bird flu outbreak extend far beyond Minnesota. Iowa, the largest egg producer in the country, has already lost a staggering 16 million birds to the outbreak. Fortunately, the state has not experienced a resurgence of cases at egg producers so far this year.
State health officials call upon the public to be vigilant and report any sick or dead wild animals, as well as any anomalies in backyard poultry flocks or commercial operations. Timely reporting and swift action are crucial in curbing the spread of this highly contagious virus.
As the nation navigates through yet another bout of avian influenza, poultry producers and health officials join forces to combat the virus and protect both the industry and public health.
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