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Bird Flu Cases Continue to Appear Across Parts of the US

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Bird Flu Cases Continue to Appear Across Parts of the US

Bird Flu Cases Continue to Appear Across Parts of the US

Bird Flu Cases , Continue to Appear , Across Parts of the US.

ABC News reports that bird flu has returned to the Midwest earlier than predicted following a lull of several months.

On August 31, officials said that the highly-pathogenic disease had been detected in a commercial turkey flock in western Minnesota.

Last weekend, a farm in Meeker County reported a sudden increase in mortality.

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According to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, tests confirmed the presence of the disease, and the flock was euthanized to prevent the spread.

ABC News reports that it was the first confirmed case of avian influenza in Minnesota since the end of May.

Cases have been detected in Indiana, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah and several eastern states.

While the timing of this detection is a bit sooner than we anticipated, we have been preparing for a resurgence of the avian influenza we dealt with this spring, Dr. Shauna Voss, Minnesota Board of Animal Health senior veterinarian, via ABC.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is here and biosecurity is the first line of defense to protect your birds, Dr. Shauna Voss, Minnesota Board of Animal Health senior veterinarian, via ABC.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 414 flocks in 39 states, have been infected since February.

As a result, over 40 million birds, mostly commercial turkeys and chickens, have been euthanized.

So far in 2022, avian flu has struck 81 Minnesota flocks and required 2.7 million birds to be killed


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Pandemic SNAP Benefits Set to Expire, Food Banks Brace for Spike in Demand [Video]

Pandemic SNAP Benefits Set to Expire, Food Banks Brace for Spike in Demand

Pandemic SNAP Benefits Set To Expire, , Food Banks Brace , for Spike in Demand. The enhanced pandemic food-stamp aid is set to expire on March 1 in 32 states. This means a slash in the monthly benefit of at least $95. Millions are likely to be affected as food prices continue to increase. When they cut this extra benefit from SNAP, that’s going to put me in a serious problem, Charles Jones, U.S. Veteran and SNAP Participant, via NBC News. [The enhanced benefit] helped me out a lot. You know how the government is. They want to keep the rich, rich and the poor, poor, Charles Jones, U.S. Veteran and SNAP Participant, via NBC News. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials underscored how "powerful" the extra increase in aid has been for recipients. That can’t be underscored enough in the difference it’s made in mitigating increases in hunger and addressing economic hardship and poverty, Stacy Dean, U.S. Department of Agriculture, via NBC News. In states where the extra aid has already been cut, reliance on food banks increased sharply. We saw what happened in the other states, where they ended so early, Laura Lester, Feeding Alabama Food Bank Network, via NBC News. We are currently preparing ourselves for that, Laura Lester, Feeding Alabama Food Bank Network, via NBC News. Analysts say that curtailing the SNAP program means that struggling families will face increased hardship. SNAP is our most effective tool at fighting hunger, Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, via NBC News. Now that this temporary boost is coming to an end in all states, , Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, via NBC News. ... families who are already struggling to afford the rising cost of food and other expenses are going to feel a big impact, Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, via NBC News

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