Bird flu strikes nearly 10 million birds in Iowa

Thursday, April 30, 2015
By Paul Martin

APRIL 30, 2015

As the USDA confirmed the infection in three more Iowa facilities, the total number of Iowa birds affected by avian flu was fast approaching 10 million.

The first infected flock was at a commercial turkey farm in Buena Vista County. Then, more than 5 million hens were to be euthanized after bird flu was found at a commercial egg-laying facility in Osceola County. The facility was quarantined and the birds had to be euthanized to prevent the spread of H5N2 avian influenza.

Days later, state authorities were testing four more probable cases of bird flu at commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux counties. The USDA confirmed those cases, bringing the total to eight commercial farms, and a total of 9,816,900 birds, infected with H5N2 avian influenza.

Iowa appears to be hardest hit, with a total of 15,453,273 birds affected in 13 states as of April 30, 2015, according to the USDA.

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