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A flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm.
A flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. (Bethany Hahn via AP)
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Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall

The federal government announced plans Thursday to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

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FILE - This April 20, 2015 file photo shows a sign outside an infected turkey farm in Melrose, Minn. (Kirsti Marohn/The St. Cloud Times via AP, File)
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New bird flu cases slow, focus turns to preventing repeat

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

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Egg prices in New Jersey driven up by Midwest bird flu outbreak

Making an omelet or baking a cake is becoming a bit more expensive for shoppers.

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OSAGE, IA - AUGUST 09: Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm on August 9, 2014 in Osage, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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2 million more Minnesota chickens to be destroyed due to flu

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

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Eggs (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Egg, turkey meat prices begin to rise as bird flu spreads

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.

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Sunrise Farms in Harris, Iowa, which has said it will kill its 3.8 million laying hens because of the bird flu virus. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
Sunrise Farms in Harris, Iowa, which has said it will kill its 3.8 million laying hens because of the bird flu virus. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
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Bird flu virus raises questions scientists working to answer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that's endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.

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In this 2012 photo provided by Bethany Hahn is a flock of turkeys at a Minnesota poultry farm. (Bethany Hahn via AP)
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CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk.

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California Turkey Farm (Justin Sullivan Getty Images)
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Deadly bird flu shows up in South Dakota, 4th Minnesota farm

A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota and a fourth turkey farm in Minnesota, state and federal agencies confirmed Thursday, bringing the total number of outbreaks in the Midwest to nine and leading to the deaths of 314,000 birds since early March.

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Workers in China where bird flu has been reported (YouTube)
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New Bird Flu Strain Causes Fourth Death In China [VIDEO]

 

A strain of bird flu not known to infect humans until recently has caused a fourth death in China, with 11 people now confirmed as having contracted the virus.

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