Bird Flu Shows Up in Arkansas Turkeys

Bird Flu Shows Up in Arkansas Turkeys


I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
At least one case of H5N2 bird flu has appeared in Arkansas, threatening to curb poultry exports
and lower prices.Stock prices for the nation’s leading poultry producers including Tyson
Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Sanderson Farms have already taken a hit, and the economics
don’t bode well for an export industry already hit hard by the rising value of the dollar.Meanwhile,
the US Department of Agriculture is looking to impose stricter quarantine regulations
in Arkansas that would help prevent the spread of H5N2, a highly contagious virus that causes
internal bleeding in affected birds. H5N2 bird flu does not affect human health.

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