# Avian flu
Democratic lawmakers demand to know the reason for high egg costs, probe top egg companies: "reduced supply" or "greed"?
Egg prices remain at record highs nationwide with cost increases of 150% higher than the previous year. But what is really causing the increases? This is a question to which Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and California Representative Katie Porter want answers. The two U.S. lawmakers have sent probing letters to top egg companies, Cal-Maine Foods, Hillandale Farms, Rose Acre Farms, Daybreak Foods, and Versova Management (source).
The Avian Flu, Threat or Scare?
The high price of eggs may not have to be the only bird-related problem we have. Hundreds of dead seals were found in December in the Caspian sea, in what is expected to have been a "Mass Mortality event." Scientists haven't sealed the deal yet. The exact cause of death is still unknown, however, they have found the avian flu prevalent in the tissue samples. The origin is still in question and scientists are still not sure where or how the seals acquired the avian flu in the first place. Until recently, transmitting between mammals was an incredibly rare occurrence.
Wildlife officials urge DougCo residents to report wild bird deaths
(Douglas County, Colo.) As record rates of avian flu persist in Colorado, South Suburban Parks and Recreation and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials ask residents to report dead wild birds.
Egg prices need to be investigated for price gouging, demands Farm Group
Many people are shocked by the cost of eggs lately and wonder why the price of eggs has more than doubled and is up some 130% within the past year (source). Is it a matter of greed and price gouging? Or is the Bird Flu to blame?
Will deviled eggs become an endangered species this spring and summer?
Will deviled eggs be missing from spring and summer gatherings this year?. Everyone is talking about the price of eggs which as I write this article are over $5.00 for a dozen and more than $7,00 for a pack of 16. Local bakeries according to WDBJ 7 don't want to pass the increase along to the customers but anyone buying eggs in a grocery store is already feeling the pain of inflated prices. A question that should be pondered is how this will affect those who utilize deviled eggs for various occasions this spring and summer.
Montana Grizzlies Euthanized After Contracting Avian Flu
The latest outbreak of the avian flu represents the largest foreign animal disease outbreak in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Late last year, Montana wildlife officials found three young grizzly bears showing signs of severe illness.
Rising egg prices prompt some individuals to begin raising chickens in their backyard
As the average price for a dozen eggs has more than doubled since last year, many Americans have turned to backyard chicken coops to recoup the costs and forgo the high grocery store prices.
Avian flu has affected 25,000 Virginia turkeys but should the public be worried?
Public concern is growing regarding the highly pathogenic avian flu and wonder if it will spread and if it can affect humans. Millions of fowl worldwide have died or been culled because of this disease. The bird flu has been on a small scale in the Commonwealth with only 6 cases in backyard fowl and has not affected the commercial industry until now. WDBJ 7 reports that over 25,000 turkeys in Rockingham County have been infected with the disease but does the public need to be concerned?
Three grizzly bears in Montana test positive for Avian Influenza Virus, euthanized due to poor condition
HELENA, MT. - Three juvenile grizzly bears in Montana have tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus, according to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP).
Avian Flu outbreak causes egg prices to skyrocket: Price of dozen large Grade A eggs quadruples in 6-7 months
Americans have been feeling the pinch of rising food prices recently, and eggs have been hit particularly hard. According to figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the average cost for a dozen large grade A eggs was $4.25 last month, representing a sharp increase compared to levels seen before an avian flu outbreak that has ravaged farm-raised poultry since early 2021.
As Egg Prices Approach $8.00 a Dozen in Certain States, is There an End in Sight?
The price increases are due to a nationwide shortage attributed in part to the Avian Flu. This article is based on federal postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets:The New York Times, Google.com, and The U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke asks for public help after a Bald Eagle is found dead at Carvins Cove
WFXR is reporting that the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke desires local residents to assist with reporting any deceased fowl because they may have died from bird flu. A Bald Eagle was found dead on December 8 at Carvins Cove with no signs of trauma. Later examination determined that the bird died from a contagious influenza that is responsible for more than 50,000 chickens dying or being put down and the price of eggs rising.
Virginians are warned to be mindful of diseased birds which in some locations have fallen from the sky
Bird flu or avian flu is responsible for the deaths of close to 50,000 chickens which is why egg prices have soared but thankfully Virginia flocks have not been affected. . This disease should not pose a risk to humans but it is important not to touch these dead fowl if you happen upon them. There are reports in some locations of diseased birds falling dead from the sky. A report in June 2022 suggested the danger should be over and humans are not at risk although one individual thus far has been diagnosed with the disease. Virginians, however, should still take precautions.
The price of eggs is higher than ever
Many households depend on eggs to eat for breakfast and for baking. However, the price of eggs has shot up to an all-time high. Over the past year, the average price for a carton of eggs has gone up about 68% whether you buy them from your local grocery store or from a local farm.
Colorado asks public to report dead or sick birds following increase in avian influenza cases
DENVER, Col. - The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department has raised concerns over the spread of avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu. Officials are warning the public to be vigilant in monitoring symptoms of bird flu. And to report any sightings of dead or sick birds they might encounter in their travels.
Agriculture department faults Russia for a surge in prices this Thanksgiving
The Department of Agriculture blamed Russia for a surge in food prices this Thanksgiving, which has impacted turkeys more. A thanksgiving dinner stock photo.Photo byMonstera / Pexels.
Food Shortages exacerbated by the supply issues & Ukraine invasion could impact Thanksgiving - consumers warned
Consumers have been warned that the Ukraine invasion of Russia, which led to massive supply and logistics issues, could impact Thanksgiving dinners in the homes of many families across the country.
Return of Bird Flu
After a lull of several months, bird flu has returned to the Midwest earlier than expected. The highly dangerous disease has been found in two commercial flocks of turkeys in western Minnesota and in a hobby flock in Indiana.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu Confirmed Near NJ Border
HPAI case in Pennsylvania affects Warren County in NJ. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) have confirmed a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) case in a non-commercial backyard poultry flock in Northampton County in Pennsylvania, near its eastern border that will affect Warren County in New Jersey due to the control area radius.
Bird Flu Prevention for Farmer and Your Poultry Bird.
Avian influenza, known informally as avian flu or bird flu, is a variety of influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. The type with the greatest risk is highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Bird flu is similar to swine flu, dog flu, horse flu and human flu as an illness caused by strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host. Out of the three types of influenza viruses (A, B,and C), influenza A virus is a zoonotic infection with a natural reservoir almost entirely in birds. Avian influenza, for most purposes, refers to the influenza A virus.