Bird flu outbreak hits over 37M birds across 34 states

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, cageless chickens walk through a fenced-in pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa.  Some farmers wonder if it is acceptable for eggs sold outdoors to come from chickens kept indoors.  It's a question that has come up lately as farmers try to be open about their produce while protecting chickens from a highly contagious bird flu that has killed an estimated 28 million poultry across the country.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, cageless chickens walk through a fenced-in pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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UPDATED 11:19 a.m. PT – Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A severe outbreak of bird flu continued to hit bird farms across the country. On Monday, Pennsylvania reported that the thirteenth farm in the state had been affected by the outbreak, which has now affected more than 4 million birds in Keystone State alone.

In Iowa, a turkey farmer called the outbreak extremely serious. He said it was worse than a similar outbreak in 2015 because although he must have killed two-thirds of the birds at the time, he didn’t really know what was going on. However, he now knows exactly how it will play out. The farmer said he does not believe humans are at risk from the outbreak.

“I don’t think it’s a human threat because a lot of people don’t have chickens and stuff inside their house or something like that,” farmer rad Moline said. “They’re outside or they’re in well-ventilated barns and all that, so I think the human threat is very, very low.”

According to the USDA, the latest bird flu outbreak affected more than 37 million birds in 34 states.

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