Months after the last case was reported, the effects of avian influenza continue to be felt in Wisconsin.
Grocery prices in the state are up 2.7 percent from a year ago, according to a report from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. The organization said a main reason for that is a shortage of eggs, which is the result of numerous farms having to destroy their chickens after the flu virus was detected in the spring.
The prices of a dozen eggs jumped 72 percent, climbing to almost $3. Overall, the Federation’s Market Basket survey of 16 common food items in 26 cities was up $1.41, to $53.37. The total cost in Wisconsin is about 1.4 percent below the Farm Bureau’s national survey.