Bird flu infects Iowa egg farm with 1 million chickens

Bird flu infects Iowa egg farm with 1 million chickens
Bird flu infects Iowa egg farm with 1 million chickens

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials said Monday that another commercial egg farm in the state had been infected with bird flu, the first commercial egg farm case identified. since April, when a turkey farm was infected.

The latest case is in Wright County in north-central Iowa, about 130 miles north of Des Moines, home to about 1.1 million chickens.

Iowa has had 15 commercial farms infected this year, including turkeys, laying hens and other chickens. In addition, five backyard farms were infected. Because the virus is highly contagious, all birds on an infected farm are killed and culled to prevent the spread of disease.

Iowa has been hardest hit by bird losses with more than 13.3 million this year before the last farm was found to be infected.

Nationally, more than 47.7 million birds have been affected in 43 states, including 251 commercial flocks and 328 backyard flocks, according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture.

Most of the Iowa cases have occurred during the spring migration of wild birds in March and April, with one reported in early May. The virus had not been detected again until a backyard flock was infected on October 20, then the last infection was confirmed on Monday.

Federal and state agriculture officials feared it could return with the fall migration of wild birds, which often carry the virus but are not sick from it. The virus can be spread through the feces or nasal secretions of an infected bird, which can contaminate dust and soil.

“We have prepared for the possibility of additional outbreaks and are working closely with the USDA and growers to eradicate this disease from our state,” said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig. “With the ongoing migration, we continue to stress the need for strict biosecurity. on poultry farms and around backyard flocks to help prevent and limit the spread of this destructive virus.

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