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Impact of Avian Influenza Outbreak

Tampa Bay Times (April 26) – The meat and egg industries keep checks in place to pull sick chickens from the food supply, said Yvette Johnson-Walker, a lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, so consumers shouldn’t worry too much. But mass death or euthanasia to prevent further spread could reduce poultry stocks, leading to a spike in grocery prices. “Avian influenza has a season just like seasonal human influenza,” Johnson-Walker said. “We hope that come spring, summer it will just die out.”

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