More than five million hens will be put down in the western area of Iowa. Laboratory testing has confirmed that there is an outbreak of bird flu in the state. The news was announced by the United States Department of Agriculture. This farm is the largest in the U.S. to be affected by avian flu since the end of last year, according to federal documents. The number of destroyed birds in the facility located in Osceola County is more than double compared to birds put down so far in the country because of the virus.
Even though this is one of the biggest such facilities, the authorities have to make sure the virus does not spread, said Bill Northey, secretary of agriculture for Iowa. In general, the state of Iowa produces 20 percent of overall egg production in the country.
Luckily, this strain of avian flu does not pose a threat to general population, even though it is virulent.
In a related story, the H5N2 virus was found in a flock of Turkeys summing up to 27,000, located in Buena Vista County. The animals have been put down. In total, 2.6 million birds have been euthanized until now in a bid to fight the spreading of the virus, which can affect an entire flock in only two days.
According to officials and scientists, the bird flu virus is spreading in the Mississippi flyway by migratory birds. It is believed the virus is spread via their droppings.