Shoppers going to the local grocery store or market, hoping to grab some eggs for breakfast or to bake a cake may have noticed lately a shortage or limit of the common staple item in refrigerators and dairy cases across the Mat-Su Borough when they go looking for eggs.

The shortage can be traced to a recent spike in the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak that has hit commercial facilities in Washington back in December. The outbreak forced a loss of over 1 million chickens, which has impacted the import of eggs to Alaska.

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