Worst bird flu in years drives up egg prices, prompts precautions against spread to humans

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Bird flu is killing millions of birds in US, driving up egg prices

  • The worst outbreak of avian flu since 2014-15 led the CDC to offer precautions against human spread.
  • The current strain of bird flu poses a low risk to humans, the CDC says, with only 1 case in Europe.
  • US egg prices more than doubled in March after more than 24 million domestic birds had to be killed.

With food prices rising rapidly, Francine Eubanks wasn’t even aware a highly contagious avian flu spreading across the country had suddenly edged egg costs higher for her busy bagel shop.

But her customers, like many across the country, are paying more for the bagels, knishes and pastries at her Bagel King deli in Deltona, Florida.

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