Two More Bird Flu Cases Detected In Iowa

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(Des Moines, IA) -- Two more cases of bird flu have popped up in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the latest cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza are in Pocahontas and Guthrie counties. Last week, a case was detected in Buena Vista County.

Two of the cases were at turkey farms, the third was a backyard flock of mixed species.

Commercial and backyard flock owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds. Sick birds or unusual deaths among birds should be immediately reported to state or federal officials. Biosecurity resources and best practices are available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship website. 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.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states HPAI detections in birds do not present a public health concern. It remains safe to eat poultry products.

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