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Bird flu: More than 5M chickens in Iowa to be killed

DES MOINES, Iowa — Avian influenza has been confirmed at another farm in Iowa, and state officials said it will force the killing of more than 5 million chickens.

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It’s the second confirmed case of bird flu in Buena Vista County, The Associated Press reported. A multistate outbreak of bird flu will lead to the deaths of approximately 12.6 million chickens and turkeys.

Where bird flu cases have been reported: New York, Maine | Kentucky, Virginia | Kansas, Illinois | Indiana

Wild birds are believed to be the source of the outbreak, and wild birds infected with bird flu have been found in 24 states, according to The Associated Press. The Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship says flock owners should remain vigilant about monitoring for symptoms, take prompt action and report illnesses and deaths believed to be related to bird flu to state officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the current bird flu outbreak poses low risk to the public and that it remains primarily an “animal health issue.”

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