Avian flu still in the aerial spotlight

Last week, Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop took to the skies with News & Observer reporter Adam Wagoner to do some aerial surveillance of poultry CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) that have been affected by the avian flu. The two flew over facilities in Johnston and Wayne counties, taking photos of the compost piles of animals outside of the poultry barns.

Nine facilities in North Carolina have been hit by the avian flu, requiring operators to euthanize animals in the facilities. Though the spread of the avian flu seems to have abated in recent weeks, Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers continue to monitor the situation from above. Be on the lookout for a follow-up article in the N&O.