Only Five New Bird Flu Outbreaks in the Past Week
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - Minnesota has seen a dramatic slowdown in the number of new bird flu outbreaks over the past week.
No new outbreaks were reported Tuesday, and since last Tuesday, there have only been five additional outbreaks caused by the H5N2 virus identified in Minnesota commercial poultry flocks. The total number of outbreaks statewide now stands at 85, and vast majority of those were detected during the month of April.
The outbreaks have resulted in the deaths of over 5.6 million turkeys and chickens in Minnesota, while Iowa chicken farmers have experienced even worse losses. The bird flu is blamed for the deaths of over 25 million chickens in Iowa.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that egg and turkey meat prices are rising in the Midwest. The AP reports says the average cost of a carton of eggs in the region has risen almost 17-percent since mid-April, while the price of fresh turkey breast meat is up about 10-percent.