Bird flu is again on the rise. In the past few days, multiple farms across the States have been under its effect. One of the leading egg producers, Iowa, is also affected by it.
Iowa farms are known for its mass production of eggs, chickens, turkeys, and other poultry animals. In February they had approximately 46 million chickens on the farms. Moreover, annually they raise about 11.7 million turkeys. However, farmers are now being forced to kill their egg-laying chickens and other farm animals. This is because of the increase in bird flu across States.
The latest cases were at an egg farm in Osceola County and a turkey farm in Cherokee County, both in northwest Iowa. This is the reason why Iowa farms had to kill more than 18 million chickens and 305,000 turkeys since the outbreaks began a month ago. Apart from this, USDA data shows that so far 23 states have confirmed cases of bird flu. Mass killing of birds due to bird flu can be a challenging task for the farm owners.
Bird flu is the most infectious and deadly virus for the poultry industry. Therefore, entire flocks of birds are being killed when they are infected. The spread of the disease is because of nasal discharge of infected wild birds. For nearly a year, the virus has been circulating in migrating waterfowl in Europe and Asia as well.
Howereever, authorities have said that Despite the bird flu renzy, it remains safe to eat poultry products. Cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses.
In addition to this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. Moreover, no human cases of the avian influenza virus have been detected in the United States.