New Year, New Cases: An update on HPAI detections over the last two years
Nearly 80 million birds have died in two years due to High Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
The USDA says the number is mostly egg-laying hens and turkeys being raised for human consumption. The disease has been confirmed in more than 1,000 flocks across 47 states.
With the new year comes new cases. Wisconsin State Agriculture officials say the virus infected 41,000 turkeys on a commercial operation. The detection was not far from Shell Lake, and the birds are currently being depopulated.
In the last 30 days, there have been 51 confirmed flocks with Avian Flu, with 27 being commercial and 24 in backyards. In total, more than 7 million birds have been affected in the last month.