Bird flu detected in commercial turkey flock in Iowa
BPC Staff Mar 7, 2022 | 8:57 pm
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Bird flu has been found in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County in northwest Iowa, the Iowa Department of Agriculture announced today. According to a news release, the case does not present an immediate risk to the public, and no human cases of the virus have been detected in the United States. Mike Naig, Iowa’s agriculture secretary, said his department and the USDA are working to trace, control and eradicate the disease. “Protecting the health of our livestock and Iowa’s agriculture-based economy are our top priorities,” he said. The release stated that it remains safe to eat poultry products, reminding consumers that poultry and eggs need to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to kill bacteria and viruses. Bird flu is a highly contagious disease affecting bird populations. It can travel in wild birds, and is often fatal to domestic bird populations, including chickens and turkeys. Last week, the virus was detected in a noncommercial poultry flock in Pottawattamie County.