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Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation Extended

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has extended the bird flu disaster proclamation through July first.

Officials announced the most recent case in Hamilton County yesterday. Iowa has 68 cases in the state, affecting birds in 18 counties.

The other counties with suspected cases of bird flu are: Buena Vista, Sac, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Kossuth, Clay, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Madison, Wright, Palo Alto, Lyon, Plymouth, Calhoun, Adair, and Webster.

The proclamation allows agriculture and emergency management leaders to use all resources necessary to track cases and establish travel restrictions among other actions.

The proclamation was originally set to expire Sunday.