US reports new avian influenza outbreaks in 8 states

23 new outbreaks occurred last week
calendar icon 25 April 2022
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Last week, the US reported 23 new cases of avian influenza in eight states, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

While four of the reports came from small backyard flocks, several large-scale commercial farms were affected. In Pennsylvania, two commercial table egg operations confirmed outbreaks, which impacted over 2 million layers.

Minnesota's commercial turkey meat sector was also hard hit with a total of 12 outbreaks reported over the three days from 19-21 April. The outbreaks impacted nearly half a million meat turkeys.

Impacted states include: Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Indiana, Montana, Pennsylvania, Iowa and North Dakota.

Since the start of April there have been 96 outbreaks of avian influenza in commercial flocks and 37 in backyard flocks. April's reported outbreaks have impacted a total of 9.26 million birds.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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