SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Probable case of bird flu found in Iowa

One probable highly pathogenic avian influenza case in Iowa | Courtesy of rochester.edu

According to a recent announcement, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has responded to a potential highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) case in Iowa’s Hamilton County.

Officials from the department have quarantined the location. If the laboratory confirms the case, officials will humanely euthanize all of the birds on the property. This is necessary to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.

The location in question is a turkey farm that houses approximately 17,000 birds. The farm has reported an increased mortality rate. Initial tests detected H5 avian influenza in the farm’s flocks. The aphis National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames is currently running the final confirmatory test.

With this new case, Iowa now has a total of 68 HPAI cases.

Health officials from the Iowa Department of Public Health as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated the risk of HPAI H5 transmissions from birds to people to be low. As of today, there have been no human infections of the virus and also no food safety concerns.

When the final confirmation is received, the results will be posted on the main website of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

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Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship 502 E 9th St Des Moines, IA 50319

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