Bird flu cases climb to 15 as disease continues its spread across Iowa

A total of 15 bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed throughout Iowa, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Hamilton County recently experienced a second outbreak involving a commercial turkey flock. As a result, the USDA said more than 16,000 birds there will have to be destroyed. Buena Vista County has lost the most, with 5.4 million birds destroyed in four outbreaks. Recent cases of the disease were also detected in Humboldt County, Osceola County, Sac County and Cherokee County. About 13 million birds have been killed so far. According to the Associated Press, Iowa is the nation’s leading egg producer and had 46 million chickens on farms in February, according to US Department of Agriculture data. Iowa raises about 11.7 million turkeys annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent highly pathogenic avian influenza detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States. It remains safe to eat poultry products. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees kills bacteria and viruses. Note: Previous reports were incorrect on the number of birds that have been destroyed in Iowa. The story has been updated with the correct number of about 13 million. Related:

A total of 15 bird flu outbreaks have been confirmed throughout Iowa, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Hamilton County recently experienced a second outbreak involving a commercial turkey flock. As a result, the USDA said more than 16,000 birds there will have to be destroyed.

Buena Vista County has lost the most, with 5.4 million birds destroyed in four outbreaks.

Recent cases of the disease were also detected in Humboldt County, Osceola County, Sac County and Cherokee County.

About 13 million birds have been killed so far.

According to the Associated Press, Iowa is the nation’s leading egg producer and had 46 million chickens on farms in February, according to US Department of Agriculture data. Iowa raises about 11.7 million turkeys annually.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent highly pathogenic avian influenza detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern.

No human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected in the United States. It remains safe to eat poultry products. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees kills bacteria and viruses.

Note: Previous reports were incorrect on the number of birds that have been destroyed in Iowa. The story has been updated with the correct number of about 13 million.

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