Egg shortage in Mexico follows avian flu outbreak

High prices and a shortage of eggs have hit Mexico following an outbreak of avian flu that claimed millions of chickens.

Prices have jumped from about $1.50 for 18 eggs to about $3. The jump in price is tough for the millions who already are struggling to make ends meet. Eggs are a staple of the Mexican diet, with more eggs consumed in Mexico per capita than any other country (the average Mexican eats more than 430 eggs a year), according to NPR.

The Mexican government has taken steps to ease the situation and imported eggs from the U.S. are flooding in, according to the article.

Officially, about 11 million chickens had to be culled during the outbreak in the state of Jalisco but Mexican authorities say it could have been closer to 20 million chickens, according to NPR.

Jalisco produces approximately 50 percent of the eggs in Mexico, according to a USDA report.

The highly pathogenic strain, H7N3, was first detected in several commercial egg farms in June.

A report from the Mexican Poultry Association also attributes the loss of more than 7,000 jobs to the outbreaks, according to WorldPoultry.net.

To read the full NPR article, click here.

For a case report on the outbreak from the Food and Agriculture Organization, click here.

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