Bird-flu outbreak in Asia puts producers in a bind
By Lucy Craymer
Prices in China for broiler chickens, a breed grown for meat, are down one-third from a year ago
Avian influenza is spreading across Asia in what may be the worst outbreak in seven years, as the human death toll rises and chickens are culled in Japan, South Korea and China in an effort to contain the disease.
In January and February, 140 people in China died from bird flu, according to the latest data from the country’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, the highest number since 2010, when 147 died.
The outbreak is also upending the poultry industry, as wariness over chicken products weighs on prices in China, while other markets rely on imports from countries such as the U.S. to ease domestic-supply shortages.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said that as of early March, there were more reported human cases of H7N9–the current strain of bird flu in China–than the combined number of human cases caused by other types of the virus anywhere in the world.
An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/bird-flu-outbreak-brings-pain-for-poultry-producers-in-asia-1490183164/?mod=mktw)
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