Avian Flu Comes To Illinois: 200 Birds Dead In Barrington
You may not have heard much about the Avian Flu that's been showing up around the world and devastating populations of chickens, turkeys, bald eagles, penguins, and more. You'll be hearing more about it very soon, since it's now in 27 states, including Illinois.
The birds you see in the photo above are double-crested cormorants, and 200 of them have been found dead from H5N1 avian flu at Baker's Lake Nature Preserve north of Dundee Road in Barrington.
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According to a report in the Washington Post, the Avian Flu has infected nearly 27 million chickens and turkeys in the United States, forcing many farmers to “depopulate” their animals to prevent a further spread. I'm guessing that you've figured out what "depopulate" means.
And that's where the price increases come in. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that the price of a dozen eggs in November hovered around $1. If you've looked recently, the price is closing in on $3.00 per dozen.
Chicken prices are also on a rapid climb, since 23 million birds have been destroyed in the U.S. since the beginning of the outbreak.
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That, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is that the H5N1 Avian Flu "poses little to no risk to humans."
Other states have had more problems with the bird flu, but Illinois is just now getting hit with it.
The outbreak was first detected in Illinois in Will County in March when three Canada geese were found to be infected. Several local zoos in the Chicago area have moved their birds inside to avoid exposing them to the outbreak of the avian flu, the Tribune reported.
The Emiquon Preserve, located on the Illinois River in Fulton County, also announced last month that it was closed to the public after a preliminary analysis found that bird flu was likely present in a dead snow goose on the property. The preserve reopened about 10 days later.