Bird Flu Decimates Poultry Farms, Impacting Egg Supply

All the news that’s fit to fix for Friday, May 15.
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May 15, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Rebecca McCray is a staff writer covering social justice. She is based in New York.

Tens of millions of egg-laying hens, turkeys, and ducks in the U.S. are being euthanized as bird flu spreads to poultry farms from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, The New York Times reports. The U.S. Agriculture Department is receiving confirmation on a nearly daily basis of new outbreaks. Reports have come from 15 states.

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