Avian flu makes late summer return as turkey losses mount
By Reed Anfinson
With the arrival of June, there was hope among the state’s poultry farmers that the avian influenza pandemic had run its course.
In the much worse 2015 outbreak, June 5 saw the last reported infected barn. That year, nearly 5 million turkeys and over 4 million chickens were lost.
This past spring, it appeared the last case was May 31. By then, the devastating poultry disease had claimed 2,658,415 turkeys, 303,891 chickens and 1,440 backyard poultry with the first case confirmed March 25.
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