STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Millions of birds across the country are dying from an Avian flu outbreak.
The Midwest and the Pacific Northwest are the hardest hit.
However, a case has been reported as far south as Arkansas.
Experts believe migratory birds are spreading the virus to chickens and turkeys along the Mississippi River flyway as they go north for the summer breeding season. An entire flock can be killed in 48 hours.
The H5N2 strain is causing farms to be quarantined.
“Regarding our Mississippi poultries, we are holding off on this type of virus in Mississippi. We have very good bio securities. So, I think we are a state that is increasing our resistance in the near future as well,” explained Mississippi State University associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Henry Wan.
Industry experts say the disease should have few impacts on consumers at the grocery store.