A Record 50.54 Million U.S. Birds Are Killed By The Avian Flu Pandemic!

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : November 30, 2022

The widespread avian flu in the United States killed more than 50.54 million birds. 

According to the data from the United States department of agriculture,  it is the first time the number of avian flu death increasing in history.

2015 faced the death of 50.5 million birds caused by avian flu, recorded as the top number in history. 

The infected birds at the chicken and turkey farms are the cause widespread of the flu in poultry.  Birds at egg-laying chicken farms can’t control the spread of the flu. Deaths of birds will cause a wide range of animal health disasters in the U.S.

Britain and Europe faced the same issue during this time.  British supermarkets controlled the purchasing number of eggs according to scarcity in egg supply. 

How The Virus Is Transmitted?

Spreading the virus through domestic birds is too difficult to prevent. Contact between domestic birds and wild birds is not easy to prevent. wild birds transmit the virus through feathers, feces, and direct contact with the nasals and respiratory system.

A Record 50.54 Million U.S. Birds Are Killed By The Avian Flu Pandemic

 Farmers are trying to avoid contact between wild birds between their domestic birds. The 2015 avian flu outbreak helped the farmers to take precautions according to the situation like cleaning and strengthening security. 

Government officials and experts are studying infections in farms and also developing instructions and recommendations for avoiding infections

Avian flu disease is by infection by the avian influenza type A virus (H5N1 Influenza A virus).  These viruses have a wide range of spreading capacity among wild, domestic, birds, and other animals like pigs. Avian influenza viruses do not directly affect humans. Although some infections in humans have occurred with bird flu viruses. 

Egg, chicken, and meat, rates are doubled due to the avian flu killing millions of birds. In the U.S. Thursdays thanksgiving celebrations’ cost has increased by the loss of chicken flocks. 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), avian flu in the U.S. spread from wild birds through their droppings, feathers, fluids, and direct contact with nasal areas to poultry. 

It started in February and affected birds in 46 states. 

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2015 faced an outbreak of H5N2 Avian influenza subtype largely affected chicken and turkey in the midwestern united states. The nation’s largest egg producer Lowa alone faced 30 million deaths of poultry. By May, more than 43 million birds are killed by the avian influenza virus in the U.S. At that time the virus case was first reported from Minnesota. 

Symptoms of birds with avian flu

  • Nasal discharge
  • Sudden death
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the head
  • Appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Sudden death
  • Dirty feathers
  • Swelling of eyelids
  • Swelled combs and legs
  • Purple discoloration in combs

Symptoms of bird flu in humans

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in abdomen

Protection from the bird flu virus

  • Avoid direct contact with infected birds and animals
  • Avoid touching fluids discharged from them such as droppings and saliva
  • Avoid eating half-cooked, raw, uncooked meats and eggs
  • Cook meat above 60 degrees Celsius
  • Wash hands using soaps and water after touching birds and animals

Precautions to control infection 

  • Use mask
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Place the infected person in a separate place 
  • Hospital staff must wear masks and personal protection equipment


🔵 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d) Avian Influenza in Birds Available [Online] at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/index.htm

🔵 Mayo Clinic (1998-2022) Bird flu (avian influenza) Available [Online] at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bird-flu/symptoms-causes/syc-20368455

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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