Commercial layer chickens in Iowa, Maryland, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have been affected. The state with the most endangered layer chickens is Iowa, which produces the most eggs in the U.S. Backyard chickens in 19 states, from Maine to Nebraska, have also come down with the virus. Millions of poultry birds have died because they succumbed to the flu or were killed to prevent it from spreading further. Commercial flocks most likely caught the virus from wild birds, who have also tested positive for the virus.
Inflation and increased feed prices due to the war in Ukraine are two other reasons for the price increases. As the outbreak continues, further depopulation could compound the problem.
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