Iowa Records Two More Bird Flu Cases

(Undated) -- The Iowa Department of Agriculture is confirming two more cases of bird flu. The new cases are in commercial turkey flocks in Sack and Cherokee counties

The Iowa Department of Agriculture is reminding commercial and backyard flock owners to take steps to prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

If producers suspect signs of HPAI in their flocks, they should contact their veterinarian immediately. Possible cases must also be reported to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at (515) 281-5305.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections in birds do not present a public health concern. It remains safe to eat poultry products. As a reminder, consumers should always utilize the proper handling and cooking of eggs and poultry products. An internal temperature of 165˚F kills bacteria and viruses.

The latest cases are the 6th and 7th cases confirmed this fall. Other avian influenza cases have been detected in Dallas, Louisa, and Buena Vista counties, as well as two cases in Wright County.

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