By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Bracing for the bird flu

Highly-pathogenic virus confirmed in BV County


March 10, 2022


4-H'ers line up their birds during the poultry show at the 2019 O'Brien County Fair. Bird shows across the state were canceled in 2015 due to an avian flu outbreak that led to the destruction of 32.7 million birds.

A menace that crashed the poultry industry in 2015 has returned to the Hawkeye State.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the USDA on Monday announced a positive case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Buena Vista County. The virus was found in a commercial 50,000-head turkey flock, which was destroyed.

"[We] are working diligently with producers to trace back, control and eradicate this disease from our state," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said in a news release. "Protecting the health of our livestock and Iowa's agriculture-based economy are...

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