HPAI’s Comeback: Where cases stand and the message to consumers
Thousands of birds have been hit by High-Path Avian Flu since it returned from a several-month hiatus.
As predicted, new cases are popping up as migration season carries on.
This month alone, more than 100,000 birds have been culled in the Dakotas and Utah. Minnesota’s count is more than 200,000, with new outbreaks affecting more than 20,000 birds at commercial turkey facilities.
Iowa is also reporting a case in a turkey flock, the first since January.
Missouri health officials want to remind consumers these birds will never enter the food supply, and you should continue supporting producers despite an uptick in cases.
“It’s just really important that even though this disease is coming back into the United States, and it’s certainly frightening for our poultry producers, and it’s our industry, and we need to be careful with our biosecurity and our poultry. The food supply is very, very safe. So, it’s important for consumers to don’t stop buying chicken, don’t stop buying their turkey at the grocery store. Continue to support those farmers or ranchers,” said Christi Miller.
Nearly 60 million birds have died in this outbreak, which began nearly 2 years ago.