Bird Flu

Bird flu threatens chicken, egg industries

The U.S. egg industry is reeling from an outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens ("State and poultry industry take precautions against bird flu," June 28).

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation's egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.

The effects are far-reaching, from how we dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to stemming job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have...