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Two More Iowa Farms Tested for Bird Flu

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is testing two probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Wright and Sac counties, they announced Friday afternoon.

The Department has quarantined the premise and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

In Wright County, a pullet farm with an estimated 400,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.

In Sac County, a turkey farm with an estimated 42,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.  Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.

Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames for both cases.

Friday morning, Gov. Terry Branstad extended the bird flu disaster proclamation through July first.