The bird flu has been reported in 24 states

CJ Coombs
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According to the Center for Disease Control, as of April 5, 2022, there have been no reported cases of bird flu in humans. While it is not impossible for the virus to spread to humans, it is highly unlikely according to public health officials.

The cost of a carton of 18 eggs has risen to $5.94 at the grocery store where I shop. This rise in cost is also affecting chicken.

Among the 24 states with bird flu outbreaks are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (Source.)

What causes avian influenza (AI)?

Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus. It can infect poultry: chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. It can infect wild birds: especially waterfowl. 

AI viruses are classified by a combination of two groups of proteins and their pathogenicity (the quality or state of being pathogenic, the potential ability to produce disease)--in this case, a particular virus strain produces disease in domestic chickens.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus strains are extremely infectious, often fatal to chickens, and can spread rapidly from flock-to-flock.
Low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) virus strains occur naturally in wild migratory waterfowl and shorebirds without causing illness.  LPAI can infect domestic poultry, creating little or no signs of illness. (Source.)

If you eat chickens or eggs and chickens that were from infected flocks, as long as they are cooked thoroughly and handled properly, the CDC states there is no risk to humans. Also, when you cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, bacteria and viruses are killed, including bird flu viruses.

Handle raw poultry hygienically and cook all poultry and poultry products (including eggs) all the way before eating. (Source.) If you eat poultry that is uncooked or undercooked, it can make you sick.

Disclaimer: This content is accurate to the best of the author’s knowledge based on research. This content is not intended to represent medical advice that should come from a qualified medical provider.

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