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Sioux City Farmers Finding More Cases Of The Bird Flu

Bird Flu

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(Sac County, IA) -- A case of the bird flu has been detected in a turkey flock in Sac County. This marked the third case in poultry in Iowa in 2024.

Iowa Governor issued a disaster relief proclamation to assist with tracking, monitoring, and containment efforts in Sioux city. There is currently no immediate public heath concerns from the bird flu.

Poultry producers and dairy farmers are urged to monitor their herds for signs and sickness.

Suspected signs of HPAI in poultry include:

  • Sudden increase in bird deaths without any clinical signs
  • Lethargy and/or lack of energy and appetite
  • Decrease in egg production
  • Soft, thin-shelled and/or misshapen eggs
  • Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Purple/blue discoloration of the wattles, comb, and legs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing, sneezing, and/or nasal discharge (runny nose)
  • Stumbling and/or falling down
  • Diarrhea

Suspected signs of HPAI in dairy cows include:

  • Decrease in food consumption with a simultaneous decrease in rumination
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Drop in milk production
  • Tacky or loose feces
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Thicker, concentrated, colostrum-like milk

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