What is avian influenza?
Avian influenza is a viral disease that infects almost all
species of birds. In December 2014, H5N2 highly
pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus entered the
Pacific Northwest. It reached the Midwest in March 2015
and has infected numerous poultry operations in the
Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, South Dakota,
North Dakota and Nebraska. As of June 2015, it has been
estimated that more than 48 million chickens and
turkeys have been killed by the H5N2 virus or by
eradication programs. There is no food safety risk for
consumers of poultry and egg products. The Centers for
Disease Control consider the risk to people to be low; no
human infections have been detected.
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