HPAI in Perspective: Infections are way down this year compared to last despite a resurgence
We are in the midst of a current resurgence of High Pathogenic Avian Flu cases, and one of the latest outbreaks is taking out more than a million table egg layers in Iowa.
However, to put it into perspective, USDA data shows the impacts of HPAI this year are much less severe than last. 4.6 million birds have been culled this year, and in 2022, that number was almost 58 million. This has kept prices of poultry and eggs way down from what we saw last year, with eggs averaging $2 less a dozen than those record highs.
Experts are worried that the virus’ appearance this fall shows it learned how to survive the summer.