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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 US citizen reported to have contracted the H5N1 virus during the current outbreak. The patient was being held at a state correctional facility whose pre-release employment program involved the depopulation, or slaughter, of poultry on a commercial farm in Montrose County. His only symptom was fatigue and he has since made a full recovery.

Stacker compiled bird flu statistics in Iowa using data from the US Department of Agriculture. The data is current as of May 9. According to the USDA, the assigned number captures the total number of birds at locations where the H5N1 virus has been detected. Although not all birds may carry the virus, all birds in an affected population are culled to prevent further spread.

The state-to-state impact varies largely depending on the number of business operations in each state. In Ohio, a single backyard flock and 20 birds were affected. In neighboring Pennsylvania, nearly 4 million birds were destroyed. Worse still, Iowa, which had the most chickens of any US state in 2021 at 60 million head, was the hardest hit in terms of quantity, losing just over 13 million birds since then. that the virus was first reported in a commercial flock of turkeys in Indiana in February 2022.

The impact of the outbreak is being felt by many Americans at the grocery store. According to the USDA Food Price Outlook for April 2022, poultry prices are expected to increase between 7.5% and 8.5%, and egg prices are expected to increase between 6% and 7% due, in part , a decline in production in some of the countries. larger commercial herds.

Read on to learn more about how the current bird flu outbreak is affecting wild and commercial birds in your state.

– Number of birds affected in Iowa: 13.4 million

— #1 most affected birds among all states

— 35.6% of all birds affected nationwide

Counties with the most affected birds in Iowa

#1. Buena Vista: 5.5 million birds affected (41.0% of all cases in Iowa)

#2. Osceola: 5.0 million (37.5%)

#3. Guthrie: 1.5 million (10.9%)

#4. Taylor: 915,900 (6.8%)

#5. Franklin: 250,200 (1.9%)

#6. Cherokee: 88,000 (0.7%)

#seven. Hardin: 46,000 (0.3%)

#8. Pocket: 37,200 (0.3%)

#9. Hamilton: 33,900 (0.3%)

#ten. Bremer: 29,250 (0.2%)

#11. Humboldt: 15,000 (0.1%)

#12. Pottawattam: 40 (0.0%)

#13. Kossut: 6 (0.0%)

#14. Warren: 5 (0.0%)

States with the most birds affected

#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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