NEWS
Fri May 22, 2015 04:52 PM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- The financial toll of the worst U.S. bird-flu outbreak in history is soaring, forcing some poultry companies to suspend operations and boosting prices for eggs and turkeys as supplies tighten.

Egg companies -- the sector hit hardest by the virus -- and turkey producers are spending millions of dollars to try to contain the disease. With eggs in particular, the problem is greatly complicated by the way the American industry is concentrated in the hands of relatively few producers.

The U.S. government has earmarked nearly $400 million to help compensate poultry farmers for culled birds, cleanup and ...

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