The avian flu outbreak that has spread in 12 states is taking its toll on more than just the millions of birds that will be destroyed.
Poultry producers and manufacturers have already seen their exports drop in the first quarter of 2015 and fears of a greater downturn in poultry consumption were increased Monday after the virus was detected in a flock of 200,000 chickens in Jefferson Country, Wisconsin. What's more, a new outbreak at an Iowa farm will mean 5.3 million more chickens will be destroyed.
Bans on imports of U.S. broilers and turkeys took effect in January in response to the outbreak. Bans in China and South Korea, which together made up 5.5 percent of total U.S. broiler exports in 2014, resulted in 25.5 million fewer pounds of broilers to be shipped in February compared to February 2014.