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How avian influenza affects the poultry industry

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Avian influenza was dubbed the “fowl plaque’ in the 1800s when the disease was first discovered.

According to Cobank, infections have been have found in poultry in the United States for the past century. There was a major increase of infections globally in the 1980s and 1990s. The virus started to become a substantial threat to the poultry business.

In recent years, the worst outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza that the U.S. has seen was in 2014-2015. The outbreak hurt U.S. poultry producers because they were not able to send import from other countries. . .

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