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Iowa Declares State of Emergency Due to Avian Flu; Follows Minnesota, Wisconsin

On Friday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The proclamation is effective immediately and will continue through the end of the month.

Minnesota also declared a state of emergency on April 24, as did Wisconsin on April 20.

The virus, which can kill tens of thousands of birds in less than 48 hours, was first confirmed in Iowa on April 14. In only two weeks, HPAI has reached 21 sites in 10 counties in Iowa including Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Kossuth, Madison, O’Brien, Osceola, Pocahontas, Sac, and Sioux.

If the nine probable cases (including in the 21 sites) are confirmed, the disease will have affected over one fourth of Iowa layers, which comprises about 5% to 6% of U.S. layers.

This strain of HPAI has shown no cases of infecting humans through either direct contact or consuming poultry or eggs. Any animals on an affected farm will NOT enter the food system.

The Iowa Concern Hotline is now accepting calls on Avian Influenza and is available 24 hours a day. All calls are free and confidential, so anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call 1-800-447-1985. In other states, look for similar contacts in your area to address concerns.

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