Bird Flu Confirmed in Ida County Turkey Flock

A case of avian influenza has been confirmed in Ida County.

According to agriculture officials, the affected site is a commercial turkey flock. This marks the first confirmed case of bird flu in an Ida County flock this year.

There have now been 30 flocks infected with bird flu in Iowa this year, with 11 of them during the fall season. Since last Friday, a total of approximately 240-thousand turkeys have been infected between turkey farms in Ida, Buena Vista, Sac, and Cherokee Counties. Around 16-million turkeys and chickens have had to be slaughtered in Iowa this year to limit the spread of the disease.

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease affecting bird populations. The disease can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing to be sick, but is often fatal to domestic bird populations.



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