5.3 Million Birds To Be Euthanized

On Monday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of the H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) at a facility located in Osceola County which holds 5.3 million hens and is the second confirmed case in the state of Iowa.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health the risk to humans from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry is low and no human infections with the virus have ever been detected.

When the flock experienced increased mortality samples were sent to the South Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.

The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture advises that the virus can travel in wild birds without the birds appearing to be sick. People should avoid contact with sick or dead poultry and wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing.

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