Bird Flu Outbreak Strikes Poultry Farms, First Human Case Emerges

Bird Flu Outbreak Strikes Poultry Farms, First Human Case Emerges
Bird Flu Outbreak Strikes Poultry Farms, First Human Case Emerges

Bird Flu Detected in Texas and Michigan Poultry Facilities

Cal-Maine Foods, the largest egg producer in the U.S., has temporarily halted production at a Texas facility after avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, was detected in chickens. Approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets, representing 3.6% of the company's flock, were culled as a result.

The affected facility is located in Parmer County, Texas, near the border with New Mexico. Cal-Maine Foods primarily distributes eggs in the Southwestern, Southeastern, Midwestern, and mid-Atlantic regions. The company is collaborating with government agencies and industry groups to prevent further outbreaks.

Meanwhile, in Michigan, bird flu has been confirmed at a commercial poultry facility in Ionia County, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The facility has been quarantined, but no supply chain disruptions are anticipated.

Human Case of Bird Flu in Texas

In a related development, a person in Texas has been diagnosed with bird flu after coming into contact with infected cows. This is the first known case of human transmission of this particular strain of bird flu from a mammal. The risk to the general public remains low.

Egg Safety and Bird Flu

The U.S. Department of Agriculture emphasizes that properly handled and cooked eggs are safe to consume. There is no known risk associated with eggs that are currently in the market. Consumers should follow recommended cooking guidelines to ensure the safety of egg-based products.

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