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Avian Flu Outbreak Reaches 4.4 Million Birds in Pennsylvania Ahead of Thanksgiving Sales

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Kimberly Paynter
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WHYY
Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center Executive Director Rich Schubert demonstrates use of the test for the avian flu

You’ve probably noticed that the price of eggs has gone up - and your Thanksgiving turkey might be more expensive this year as well.

That’s partly because of an unusually bad avian flu virus that has hit poultry farms in Pennsylvania and around the country. These viruses infect birds and usually not people, so it’s an animal disease for now, but it’s a serious one.

WHYY’s Alan Yu looked into what people are doing to stop the spread of the virus - which often spreads from wild birds to farms.

(Original air-date: 11/22/22)

Alan was all set on majoring in biology, but then he realized he liked writing about science more than doing research, so he left Hong Kong and went to study journalism in the U.S. After interning at NPR and WBEZ in Chicago, he has never wanted to work anywhere outside of public radio. He covers space and all other kinds of innovation. He enjoys comic books, LEGO, and dragon boating.