U.S. cuts poultry export forecast as deadly bird flu spreads

April 9, 2015 9:12 PM

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U.S. cuts poultry export forecast as deadly bird flu spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6 percent from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected trade restrictions.

The steep cuts came as the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed a second commercial flock of turkeys in South Dakota has been infected with the H5N2 flu, which can kill nearly an entire flock of poultry in 48 hours.

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