TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

4 cases of contagious avian influenza in Iowa

4 cases of contagious avian influenza in Iowa | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
A recent announcement from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states that there are three probable cases and one confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza located in Lyon, Buena Vista, and Osceola counties in Iowa.

The Buena Vista cases occurred at a layer pullet farm and a turkey farm. The cases in Lyon took place at a commercial laying operation. A broiler farm in Osceola is believed to be contaminated as well.

Now Iowa has a total of 49 cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The department officials state that they have quarantined the infected premises. When the birds are confirmed to have the disease, all of the birds located on the specific property will be humanely euthanize to contain the virus.

The Iowa Department of Public Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that health professionals believe HPAI H5 infections are a low risk for humans. It is much more common for backyard flocks, wild birds, and commercial poultry to contract the virus; so far there have been no human infectious from the virus. Health professionals also consider food to be safe for human consumption.

The Department will release updates about the final confirmations of these highly pathogenic avian influenza cases. Further information can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Stewardship’s main website: www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.