The nation’s flock of egg-laying hens is at its smallest since 2004 thanks to the massive outbreak of avian influenza this spring.
Researchers found that the virus was spread up to a half-mile during two windy days that “appeared to be related to clusters of outbreaks 5 to 7 days later."
The avian flu has killed about 10 percent of the nation's laying flock population.
The outbreak has affected 174 farms in 15 states. Because there's no vaccine, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to try to stop the virus.
The newly adopted Bloomington Food Charter talks about "honoring farmers." An update from Midwest farms struggling with avian flu. Two refreshing summer drinks.
Beyond containing the virus, there’s another huge challenge: disposing of all the dead birds.
Tuesday marked the worst day in the H5N2 avian flu outbreak which is killing millions of turkeys and chickens across the Midwest.
The strain of avian flu is thought to spread mostly through contact with infected wild birds.
Bird flu has been detected in live pigeons for sale in China. So far, six people have died and 16 fallen ill.