— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on April 22, Wednesday.
BIRD FLU FEARS GROW: An Iowa chicken flock numbering about 3.8 million birds has been hit with avian influenza, the USDA said Monday, marking the biggest poultry operation to be affected by a virus outbreak that began late last year.
Also Monday Wisconsin Gov. Walker declared a "state of emergency" to authorize the national guard there to help contain the disease. Meanwhile Hormel issued a statement discussing the impact (but reiterating guidance).
What's at stake as virus fear grows & which industries/companies have the most at stake?
Brennan ex EC
STORYBOARD: P-SB-BRENNAN BIRD FLU
035534 Well the outbreak of EBN influenza seems to be escalating in a farm in Iowa called Sunrise Farms which is owned by privately held Stanz xx foods company is the latest to confirm an outbreak.
035547 Stanz xx says this farm houses 4M layer hens, hens that lay eggs and that it went to great lengths to prevent its birds from contracting EBN influenza. 035557 Now the farm is under quarantine while officials decide how to dispose of the flock and this isthe biggest case that has been reported by the US DA so far.
It brings the total number of chickens and turkeys affected by bird flu in the US to 6.5M. 035613 That's since the outbreak started late last year.
035616 A dozen US states including Wisconsin where Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency to deal with the issue, have been impacted. 035624 But keep in mind, there have been no human cases detacted in the US. The USDA says there's actually little risk to humans. But there is growing risk to the poultry industry.
035635 So far this year China, South korea, Canada, Mexico and the EU have banned or limited poulty imports from the US because of this flu.
035645 Hormel Foods saying that Turkey sales will take a hit this year due to the significant challenges resulting in its supply chain as well that 2015 earnings will come in at the lower end of guidance.
035716 From CNBC World Headquarters, I'm Morgan Brennan. 035719
A loss of 3.8 million birds represents more than 6 percent of the egg-laying hens in Iowa and more than 1 percent of the U.S. flock, meaning "there definitely will be some customers that will be impacted by this," Northey said.
And taking a look at stocks on Tuesday, some poultry companies' shares were hit by these headlines. Tyson food and Pilgrim's Pride are both fallling in trade on Tuesday as investors worry about the escalating impact of this outbreak.
For commodity futures, bird flu fears infect corn and soybean markets, with both prices heading lower during the previous CBOT trading day.
The Agriculture Department has spent at least $45 million responding to the U.S. outbreak, including costs for testing, quarantines around infected facilities, and compensation for producers whose birds have been killed by the virus or culled.
The infections also have hurt the $5.7 billion U.S. export market for poultry and eggs.
CNBC's Qian Chen, reporting from Singapore.
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