Nebraska tallies 14th HPAI outbreak; U.S. broiler industry sees little impact

There has been another outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Flu, but this time in Nebraska.

State health officials say the virus hit a backyard flock in the northeast part of the state, and there is currently a 6-mile surveillance zone around the area. This is the 14th outbreak in Nebraska so far this year.

While this year’s deadly avian flu has busted through some previous records, USDA reports it has affected less than a tenth of one percent of typical annual broiler slaughter.

According to the map, there is a limited overlap of the 2022 outbreak with broiler-producing regions. As a result, commercial flocks in the top four producing states, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama, largely avoid HPAI.

Of the 44 million commercial birds culled by October, only 2.3 million were meat-producing broilers.

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