Thousands of turkeys affected after bird flu hits Pennsylvania’s popular Jaindl Farms

State officials did not name the farm, but David Jaindl says 14,000 turkeys at Jaindl Farms were affected.

TWP NORTH WHITEHALL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A popular Lehigh Valley turkey farm has had to annihilate thousands of turkeys after a flock was diagnosed with bird flu disease.

State officials did not name the farm, but David Jaindl says 14,000 turkeys at Jaindl Farms were affected.

Authorities are setting up a control area and surveillance zone around the farm, hopefully to prevent the spread of the flu.

Many of the Jaindl turkeys destined for Thanksgiving were processed before the outbreak, Jaindl said.

Jaindl has delivered turkeys to the White House in the past.

“We are confident that we will have an adequate supply of turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said.

Jaindl said bird flu problems have reached 46 states and affected 50 million birds nationwide as of February.

Avian flu and inflation are driving up the cost of turkeys across the country.

USDA data shows a dramatic increase in the cost of fresh turkey after the 2015 bird flu outbreak — and an even higher increase after this year’s outbreaks.

Poultry operations in Pennsylvania continue to face threats from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The disease is highly contagious to birds and almost always fatal, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

According to the CDC, there have been no reports of human cases of bird flu in the United States.

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