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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa agriculture leaders say there are new probable cases of bird flu.

The cases are in Sac and Sioux counties. That brings the statewide total to 56 cases in 14 counties.

Farms are in the process of euthanizing 25 million chickens, turkeys, and ducks and producers are trying to figure out how to dispose of the carcasses.

The executive director of the Iowa Egg Council, Randy Olson, says there are several options including burying them in landfills, but some landfills are refusing to accept the dead birds.

“It’s a bird disease. We feel landfills are the appropriate disposal option if the USDA approves of those and works the agreements with the landfills,” says Olson.

Once the birds are disposed of, facilities will still need to be cleaned and disinfected.