Bird Flu Spreads Across US, Bald Eagles Infected and Killed

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that the highly virulent H5N1 bird flu has spread across the country and has killed hundreds of birds from livestock to bald eagles.

According to the USDA and CDC,  27,016,123 livestock poultry and 637 wild birds have been affected by H5N1 across 31 states already. 

Among those wild birds infected with H5N1 were bald eagles in Georgia where the outbreak has affected nesting behavior and damaged the young population.

The first cases of H5N1 in livestock have been detected as early as 24 March in Iowa while the earliest cases in wild birds were observed in  Mallards in Colorado. 

The USDA said that they have increased surveillance in areas where cases have been reported while they are also trying to find new ones in other states and counties. 

The CDC said that the H5N1 cases do not present an immediate public health concern and that no recent animal to human transmission has been reported in the US but warned of its possibility.

The USDA reported that egg and poultry prices have risen as a result of the outbreak and expect them to go higher in the near future. 


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