Bird Flu Morphs Into "Worldwide Problem" As Spread Accelerates

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022 - 09:15 AM

This year, a highly contagious strain of avian influenza has spread across North America. The outbreak has worsened as parts of Europe report increased bird flu infections. One of the most profound effects of this disease ravaging commercial poultry operations across the Northern Hemisphere is a price spike in eggs, chicken, and turkey. 

Bloomberg said the bird flu this year is the "worst since records began." Data from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) showed poultry losses since October are 70% above last year's figures, reaching 16.1 million by Dec. 1. In the 12 months through September, WOAH said 138 million birds were lost due to infections. 

"This is much, much worse than it's ever been, and I think it's caught everybody by surprise.

"This isn't just a UK problem, it's a worldwide problem. We've got to sort it out," Mark Gorton, managing director of Traditional Norfolk Poultry in eastern England, told Bloomberg.