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It’s a milder year, but some areas showing uptick in bird flu cases

By David B. Strickland Poultry Times editor dstrickland@poultrytimes.com

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — For highly pathogenic avian influenza, the U.S. poultry industry has had a calmer year since the large-scale outbreaks seen in 2022, but that trend is changing somewhat with some states seeing an increase in cases.

On Nov. 7, the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service reported that confirmed detections for 2022-2023 are at 894 confirmed flocks, with 50 confirmed in the past 30 days, which have affected locations in 47 states. This comes to approximately 356 cases in commercial flocks, 538 backyard flocks and totaling about 61.26 million birds.

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