What to know about the deadliest bird flu outbreak in history - ABC News


Avian flu has wiped out 50.54 million birds in the United States this year, making it the country's deadliest outbreak in history. U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows the deaths of chickens, turkeys, and other birds represents the worst U.S. animal health disaster to date, topping the previous record of 50.5 million birds that died in an avian flu outbreak in 2015. The birds often die after becoming infected with the virus, then entire flocks which can top a million birds at egg laying chicken farms need to be culled to control the spread of the disease. Losses of poultry flocks sent prices for eggs and turkey meat to record highs, worsening economic pain for consumers facing red hot inflation and making Thursday's Thanksgiving celebrations more expensive in the United States. Europe and Britain are also suffering their worst avian flu crisis, and some British supermarkets rationed customers egg purchases after the outbreak disrupted supplies. As the data shows the U.S. outbreak, which began in February, infected flocks of poultry and non poultry birds across 46 states,

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