One human and more than 37 million birds — mostly poultry in 172 commercial flocks and 119 backyard flocks in 34 states — have been affected by the current avian flu outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in April 2022 that a Colorado man was the first reported US citizen to have contracted the H5N1 virus during the current outbreak. The patient was an inmate of a state correctional facility whose pre-release employment program included the depopulation or killing of poultry on a commercial farm in Montrose County. His only symptom was fatigue and he has since made a full recovery.
Stacker compiled statistics on avian flu in Nebraska using data from the US Department of Agriculture. Data is current as of May 9th. According to the USDA, the impacted census captures the total number of birds on the property where the H5N1 virus has been detected. Although it is possible that not every bird carried the virus, all birds within an affected population are killed to prevent further spread.
Impacts vary from state to state and depend largely on the number of commercial operations in each state. In Ohio, only one backyard flock and 20 birds were affected. Nearly 4 million birds were killed in neighboring Pennsylvania. Worse, Iowa, which had the highest number of hens of any US state at 60 million head in 2021, has been the hardest hit in terms of volume, losing just over 13 million birds since the virus was first reported in a commercial turkey flock in Indiana in February 2022.
Many Americans are feeling the effects of the outbreak at the grocery store. According to the USDA’s Food Price Outlook for April 2022, poultry prices are expected to increase by 7.5% to 8.5% and egg prices are expected to increase by between 6% and 7%, partly due to lower production in some countries in the country is attributed to largest commercial herds.
Read on to learn more about how the current bird flu outbreak is affecting wild and farmed birds in your state.
– Number of affected birds in Nebraska: 4.9 million
— No. 2 most affected birds in all states
— 12.9% of all birds nationwide affected
Counties with the most affected birds in Nebraska
#1. Knox: 2.1 million birds affected (43.7% of all cases in Nebraska)
#2. Dixon: 1.7 million (36.0%)
#3. Butlers: 987,000 (20.3%)
#4. Merrick: 90 (0.0%)
#5. Gets: 50 (0.0%)
#6. Washington: 50 (0.0%)
#7. Scott’s Bluff: 30 (0.0%)
States with the most affected birds
#1. Iowa: 13.4 million
#2. Nebraska: 4.9 million
#3. Pennsylvania: 3.9 million
#4. Wisconsin: 3.0 million
#5. Minnesota: 2.9 million
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