The number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu rose on Tuesday as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed the first case of a lethal strain of bird flu in a commercial chicken flock, widening the impact of a virus that has already killed hundreds of thousands of turkeys this year.
ELLENDALE, N.D. – After the owner of a 40,000 turkey flock in southeast North Dakota reported an increased death rate among his birds, it has been confirmed that the state has its first case of H5 avian influenza.
Since that first case four weeks ago, technicians at the Veterinary Diagnostics Lab at the University of Minnesota work double shifts and weekends testing about 100 samples a day for the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus.
The avian flu outbreak that has killed poultry in 10 states, including Minnesota, is unprecedented in this country. In the past five months two highly-pathogenic strains of bird flu have been detected in two dozen domestic flocks, killing hundreds of thousands of birds.
A second case of bird flu has been reported in South Dakota.
The flock affected by the devastating disease that requires the birds to be killed to prevent spread of the avian flu was in Kingsbury County in east-central South Dakota, according to the U.S.Department of Agriculture.
CHICAGO - The U.S. government on Thursday reduced its forecasts for poultry exports by nearly 6 percent from last month due partly to an accelerating outbreak of bird flu that has triggered wider-than-expected trade restrictions.
The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health was notified today that samples from a commercial turkey flock in Dickey County tested by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab are presumed positive for H5 avian influenza after the flock owner reported increased mortality.
PARIS - Mexico has reported outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu virus in two backyards in the states of Oaxaca and of Puebla in the southern part of the country, the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday.
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