Factbox: Bird flu is spreading on US poultry farms

Live chickens are transported in crates on a semi-trailer truck at the Pilgrim Poultry Processing Plant in Enterprise, Alabama, U.S. November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Alyssa Pointer/File Photo.

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Reuters) – More than 22 million commercially raised U.S. chickens and turkeys have been killed since February due to outbreaks of a highly deadly type of bird flu, U.S. Department of Health data shows. ‘Agriculture.

The USDA confirmed Texas’ first case in a commercial herd of pheasants on Sunday.

Flocks are culled after the disease is detected to prevent it from spreading, and importing countries including Mexico, China and Korea have imposed state-specific import restrictions in response.

The bird flu outbreak is the worst since 2015, when nearly 50 million birds, mostly turkeys and laying hens in the US Midwest, were killed. It comes at a time when food prices are soaring due to labor shortages, supply chain problems and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a key exporter of wheat and But. Widespread outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry could reduce demand for crops for animal feed. Read more

Below are outbreaks in commercial poultry flocks reported by the USDA:

TEXAS: The USDA said a commercial flock of 1,600 pheasants in Erath County, Texas was infected on April 3.

IOWA: More than 13 million chickens and turkeys have been wiped out in Iowa, the nation’s largest egg-producing state, the state’s agriculture department said. Two flocks each with more than 5 million laying hens have been infected, with one confirmed on March 31.

NORTH DAKOTA: Bird flu was detected April 3 in a flock of 86,000 turkeys, the USDA said.

SOUTH DAKOTA: More than 20 poultry flocks with a total of more than one million birds, mostly turkeys, have been killed, USDA data shows.

NORTH CAROLINA: The USDA has confirmed that a flock of 32,137 turkeys was infected on March 29 in North Carolina, the nation’s second-largest turkey-producing state. On April 2, the disease was detected in three more flocks, bringing the number of birds affected to around 77,400.

MINNESOTA: Six turkey flocks with more than 400,000 birds have been infected in the nation’s top turkey-producing state, USDA data shows.

NEBRASKA: Two farms raising broiler chickens for meat have been infected, with a total of nearly one million birds killed.

MARYLAND: Four flocks of poultry, including laying hens and broiler chickens raised for meat, have been infected, totaling about 1.6 million birds, the USDA said.

WISCONSIN: A commercial flock of approximately 2.8 million laying hens has been infected.

NEW YORK: A flock of 4,000 “upland game” birds has been infected.

MISSOURI: The USDA reported outbreaks in three flocks of turkeys and one flock of broiler chickens in Missouri, for a total of approximately 400,000 birds killed. Read more

DELAWARE: Bird flu hit a commercial egg-laying farm with 1.1 million birds in February, dramatically increasing the number of birds affected in the United States. Read more March brought infections to a farm with 265,000 pullets or young chickens and a farm with 156,800 broiler chickens raised for meat.

KENTUCKY: A flock of about 231,398 chickens belonging to Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) in Kentucky tested positive. Read more Tests also confirmed highly deadly bird flu in a commercial turkey flock of 53,286 birds. Read more

INDIANA: Indiana has had outbreaks at six turkey farms, with an estimated 171,733 birds affected, the USDA said.

Reporting by Tom Polansek, Christopher Walljasper and Caroline Stauffer in Chicago Editing by Matthew Lewis

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