Monday, January 26, 2009

Economic Impacts of Recent Outbreaks Felt as Global Bird Culling Continues

The recent reports of bird culling around the world to contain AI outbreaks contain little mention of the economic impact on poultry farmers and their communities. While many governments offer some form of financial compensation for the loss of poultry, the exchange is not always equal, and farming communities often find themselves in a financial deficit. Below are some culling figures featured most recently in the news:

Nepal: After strains of H5N1 were found in dead poultry on January 16th, the Nepalese government ordered mass bird culling to contain the outbreak. To date, nearly 13,000 birds have been culled in the Jahpa district, the location of the outbreak.
Source: DNI Daily Digest

British Columbia: Canadian inspectors discovered strains of an H5 virus in turkeys on a poultry farm in Abbotsford over the weekend. Today, nearly 60,000 turkeys will be gassed in effort to quell the threat of an outbreak.
Source: The Vancouver Sun

India: Rapid Response Teams (RRT) were deployed on January 19th in a week-long effort to contain bird flu outbreaks in the Ravangla region of Sikkim. Culling procedures stopped Jan. 23rd after 3,900 birds were eliminated.
Source: The Morung Express

1 comment:

Kobie said...

The price of eggs, chicken and other meats sored as the availabilty of baked goods needing eggs dropped.
Chicken feed dropped but it could not be used to feed people.
Wikipedia explains bird flu (h5N1) spread in humans, birds and cats very well at

US Heath and Human services just had their 9th webcast on pandemic planning. It will be archived so people can learn from it.