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Avian Influenza H5N2 Confirmed in Iowa

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the first case of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus in the state of Iowa.

Following an onslaught of increased mortality, samples from the Buena Vista County commercial turkey flock were sent to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, to be tested. The samples confirmed the presence of the H5N2 strain, leading the 27,000-turkey flock to be quarantined and depopulated to prevent spreading the disease.

APHIS will work in coordination with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) to handle the incident.

Since late February, commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota, Arkansas, and Missouri have confirmed and been quarantined and eradicated due to the presence of this virulent strain. Buena Vista County is part of the Mississippi flyway, which has reported various cases of avian influenza in commercial flocks, wild fowl, and backyard birds. 

NOTE: These birds will not enter the food system, and the risk to consumers is very low.

Keep your birds safe using these precautions, and stay up-to-date on the latest confirmations and news using the links below. If you notice sick or dead birds (whether commercial, backyard, or wild) contact state/federal officials.


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