Avian Influenza

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Caroline Byrd
Professor Johanna Donnenfield
FON 241
17, September 2015
Exposing Our Problematic Meat Industry Under Threat of Disease
In the spring of 2015, the avian influenza spread across the United States, after one bird was infected in Washington State. The infection left Midwest states at high risk. In Iowa, large egg producing companies suffered dramatic impacts, as they lost astonishing amounts of their chickens. While these companies face many questions and difficulties, a larger problem is revealed. With the influenza’s ability to spread quickly and mysteriously, the disease not only creates many consequences along the way, but also ultimately exposes superior concerns within our food and poultry industry. The problems associated …show more content…

A recent article explains that the H5N8 virus was discovered among migrant birds in Russia in September 2014 (Hvistendahl). These infected birds exchanged genes with the avian influenza in North America to create the new strand H5N2. Another recent article shows that it was first detected in British Colombia in December of that year (Clement, et al). It first entered the United States shortly after, in Washington State. Scientists believed that the virus was isolated when the original infected bird had passed. Research later showed that other poultry later infected shared an exact identity match with the nucleotide from the first bird (Clement, et al). This uncovers that the knowledge of how the avian influenza spreads is unknown and is left mysterious. Any prior understanding of is not certain. There is continuous transmission between wild birds and of coarse a rapid spread commercially. The virus made its way in a short amount of time from the Pacific Coast to the Midwest, thus showing that it is capable of traveling at a dangerous rate and almost anywhere (Hvistendahl). Scientist are without understanding on the transmission route and how long it will continue in wild birds after the outbreak is finished. Because it is the largest outbreak in centuries, scientists are mystified on the compelling way that it can …show more content…

The industry reasonably has been troubled when anticipating the possible economic complications they will endure. An analytical economic study explains that the table egg price is expected to rise fewer than two percent (Thompson and Pendell). This amount is rather insignificant when compared to the numbers of flocks destroyed. The economic problems stressed and associated with the avian influenza are minor tribulations. They give analytical insight towards the values we place within our demands for meat.
What should instead be heavily focused on, are the possible health threats posed for our nation. The CDC acknowledges that the risk for human infection is uncommon, but with such a large presence of the disease, we are presented with a higher chance of contracting it (Jhung and Nelson). At the current moment we cannot genetically receive the infection. However, in other countries humans have reached that point. What causes concern, are the unclear measures that are being made to develop strict rules within the farms and an un-identified solution in response to the possibility of human

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