Nebraska agriculture officers say one other 1.8 million chickens should be killed after chicken flu was discovered on a farm within the newest sign that the outbreak that has already prompted the slaughter of greater than 50 million birds nationwide continues to unfold.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture mentioned Saturday that the state’s thirteenth case of chicken flu was discovered on an egg-laying farm in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County, about 120 miles (193 kilometres) north of Omaha, Nebraska..
Just like on different farms the place chicken flu has been discovered this yr, all of the chickens on the Nebraska farm will probably be killed to restrict the unfold of the illness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says greater than 52.3 million birds in 46 states — largely chickens and turkeys on industrial farms — have been slaughtered as half of this yr’s outbreak.
Nebraska is second solely to Iowa’s 15.5 million birds killed with 6.8 million birds now affected at 13 farms.
In most previous chicken flu outbreaks the virus largely died off through the summer season, however this yr’s model discovered a method to linger and began to make a resurgence this fall with greater than 6 million birds killed in September.
The virus is primarily unfold by wild birds as they migrate throughout the nation. Wild birds can typically carry the illness with out displaying signs. The virus spreads via droppings or the nasal discharge of an contaminated chicken, which may contaminate mud and soil.
Commercial farms have taken a quantity of steps to stop the virus from infecting their flocks, together with requiring employees to change garments earlier than getting into barns and sanitizing vehicles as they enter the farm, however the illness may be troublesome to management. Zoos have additionally taken precautions and closed some displays to shield their birds.
Officials say there may be little danger to human well being from the virus as a result of human circumstances are extraordinarily uncommon and the contaminated birds aren’t allowed to enter the nation’s meals provide. Plus, any viruses will probably be killed by correctly cooking poultry to 165 levels Fahrenheit.
But the chicken flu outbreak has contributed to the rising costs of rooster and turkey together with the hovering price of feed and gas.