Avian Flu has now been detected in flocks of birds in Virginia and Kentucky, just days after Indiana officials had to euthanize 29,000 turkeys due to the spread of the virus. Dozens of wild birds have tested positive along the East Coast in recent weeks, including three in the Carolinas last month.
Avian Flu usually does not cause any symptoms in wild birds, but it can be deadly in domestic poultry. Birds at a commercial turkey farm in Southern Indiana contracted the virus last week, forcing officials to cull 29,000 turkeys in an attempt to stop the spread.
The price index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs saw the “largest increase” among all food groups last month, rising 12.2% over January of last year.Human infection is rare but can occur after close contact with an infected animal. There is no record of Americans contracting highly pathogenic Avian Flu viruses, but worldwide, 864 people have contracted it since 2003, resulting in 456 deaths.