Bird Flu Strikes Egg Laying Facility in Iowa

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Officials in Iowa have now found a second occurrence of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, at an egg laying installation in Osceola County on Monday, according the the U.S. Department of Agriculture. All 5.3 million hens at the facility will be euthanized to prevent further spreading to the disease.

Last week, bird flu was found in a group of 27,000 turkeys in Buena Vista County, which were also euthanized. Officials stated an entire flock of birds can be wiped out in just two days from the disease.

Scientists stated they believe the deadly virus is being distributed via migratory birds in the Mississippi flyway. The first strain found was in this pattern.

The industry has ramped up its biosecurity since the breakouts. Officials were worried last week that the bird flu virus would infiltrate Iowa’s commercial egg laying industry. Therefore, facilities around the area have been quarantined to prevent further damage. The lethal virus has also been found in many other states across the country.

By Alex Lemieux


Des Moines Register

Photo by Katie Yaeger Rotramel – Flickr License

One Response to "Bird Flu Strikes Egg Laying Facility in Iowa"

  1. Emily   April 26, 2015 at 8:41 am

    This is a photo of my backyard flock taken from Flickr. And for the reporter to use it to illustrate millions of confined layers in industrial agriculture is unconscionable. Do your readers really believe this is what industrialized Ag looks like? This is how chickens SHOULD live. Not drowned in foam and left for compost because they got sick from their hellacious environment.


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