bird flu

noun

Definition of bird flu

: avian influenza specifically : severe often fatal influenza A caused by strains of a subtype (H5N1) of the causative orthomyxovirus that have produced epidemics in domestic birds especially in Asia with sporadic associated human infections

Examples of bird flu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eggs of all kinds have grown costlier recently thanks to bird flu concerns and a national spike in food costs. David Pitt, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 The bird flu surge has also temporarily shut down the aviaries in many U.S. zoos and has sickened zoo birds. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 22 Apr. 2022 Birds at the Detroit Zoo were moved indoors in response to protect from bird flu exposure. Elissa Welle, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Eggs of all kinds have grown costlier recently thanks to bird flu concerns and a national spike in food costs. David Pitt, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Birds at the Detroit Zoo were moved indoors in response to protect from bird flu exposure. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 This is the deadliest bird flu outbreak since 2014-15, when 50 million chickens and turkeys died either from the virus or in efforts to prevent its spread. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 But the bird flu outbreak is affecting consumers' lives in the form of rising egg and poultry prices. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 According to the statement, the farm recently killed a large amount of its chickens due to a bird flu outbreak. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bird flu

1972, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Bird flu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%20flu. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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bird flu

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Medical Definition of bird flu

: avian influenza specifically : severe often fatal influenza A caused by strains of a subtype (H5N1) of the causative orthomyxovirus that have produced epidemics in domestic birds especially in Asia with sporadic associated human infections

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