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Two Probable Cases Of Avian Influenza In Osceola, Cherokee Counties

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to two probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial poultry farms in Osceola and Buena Vista counties.

These two new cases would join 35 cases of the disease in Iowa that were previously announced. State officials have quarantined the premises 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.

Osceola
A layer pullet farm with an estimated 100,000 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.

Cherokee
Turkey farm that has experienced increased mortality.  An estimate on the number of birds at the site is still pending. Initial testing showed it positive for H5 avian influenza.  Additional confirmatory testing is pending from the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames.

As the Department receives final confirmations of the disease updated information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website. The CDC considers the risk to people to be low.