Deadly Bird Flu Forces U.S. Largest Egg Producer To Shutdown

( Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., the nation’s leading fresh egg producer, is working hard to control an “infection damage” after a highly contagious strain of bird flu hit one of their Texas facilities. The company culled nearly 2 million birds – representing 3.6% of their total flock – to stop the H5N1 avian influenza virus from spreading further.
A Cal-Maine Foods spokesperson said the situation is a major setback. They stressed the company’s commitment to taking all necessary precautions to protect the remaining birds and ensure a steady supply of eggs for customers. The company has temporarily suspended operations at the affected facility in Parmer County, Texas, as they follow strict protocols set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
This news follows a recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirming a human case of H5N1 bird flu in Texas. The infected person, who reportedly had close contact with dairy cattle believed to be carrying the virus, experienced mild symptoms and is currently recovering under medical supervision. This is only the second human case of H5N1 in the United States, with the previous one occurring in Colorado last year.
The CDC says the general public has a low risk of catching H5N1. However, people who work closely with infected poultry or livestock or in contaminated environments are at a higher risk. Recent reports also show that dairy cows in Texas and Kansas have tested positive for the virus, raising concerns about it potentially spreading to other animal populations.
According to a spokesperson, cal-Maine Foods is actively minimizing disruptions for their customers, using their production abilities at other facilities to meet demand as much as possible. The company is also working with federal, state, and local authorities and industry groups to develop plans for preventing future outbreaks and effectively managing the current situation.
However, consumers can breathe a sigh of relief as health officials emphasize there’s no risk associated with eggs currently available in stores. The USDA confirms that properly handled and cooked eggs remain perfectly safe for consumption.

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