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U.S. Bird Flu Outbreak Is Deadliest Ever

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U.S. Bird Flu Outbreak Is Deadliest Ever

(CTN News) – As a result of an ongoing outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu, more birds have been killed than at any time in U.S. history.

According to USDA data reported by Reuters on Thursday, the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has caused the deaths of 50.54 million domestic Bird Flu in the country this year.

This figure represents the number of chickens, ducks, and turkeys from commercial poultry farms, backyard flocks, and facilities such as petting zoos.

According to Reuters, the count surpasses the previous record of 50.5 million Bird Flu killed in a 2015 outbreak.

According to USDA data, at least 3,700 cases have been confirmed among wild birds.

There are instances on farms where birds die from the flu directly, while in other cases farmers kill their entire flocks in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

This is because one bird tests positive for the disease. Animal welfare advocates have occasionally condemned farmers who use “ventilation shutdown plus,” a method in which the airways to a barn are sealed off and heat is pumped into the barn so that the animals die.

European and North American countries have been affected by the virus since 2021. In addition to bald eagles, vultures, and seabirds, a variety of wild birds have been affected worldwide.

An apparent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza was reported in Peru this month after 200 dead pelicans were found on a beach.

The spread of the disease has been largely attributed to the migration of infected wild birds. Officials from the Department of Health and Wildlife urge people who keep domestic Bird Flu to prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds.

Despite the fact that health experts don’t consider highly pathogenic avian influenza to be a major threat to mammals, a black bear cub in Alaska was euthanized earlier this month after contracting the virus.

The young cub’s immune system was weak, according to wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kimberlee Beckmen.

Additionally, avian flu spread among seals in Maine during the summer, contributing to an unusually high number of seal deaths, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

There is a low risk of a bird flu outbreak spreading to the general public, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those who have prolonged contact with potentially infected Bird Flu , the agency recommends wearing personal protective equipment and thoroughly washing their hands.

First case in the U.S. was reported in April by a Colorado prisoner working on a commercial farm, but he was largely asymptomatic.

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