Thanksgiving in Trouble as Turkeys Face Devastating Virus

Turkeys may be expensive or hard to get this coming November

Turkeys may be expensive or hard to get this coming November

Turkeys may be a rare bird come this Thanksgiving. Iowa just became the 16th state in the US which has been struck by the extremely pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.  In addition, four additional turkey farms in the Midwest have been hit with the deadly bug. The total number of farms which have so far experienced the bird illness now stands at 25. The number of birds which either succumbed to the illness or have been purposely killed to contain the spread of the disease is over 1.2 million.

The most recent outbreaks were in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin the infection struck a commercial turkey flock consisting of 200,000 chickens. This was the first confirmed case of the bird flu in the area.

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