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Iowa poultry producers keeping eye on new bird flu outbreak in China


Radio Iowa: Iowa egg and poultry producers are on high alert as China reports an H5N1 bird flu outbreak has occurred near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Iowa Poultry Association CEO Kevin Stiles says Iowa’s poultry producers are better prepared than they were five years ago as biosecurity is much improved. An outbreak of the similar H5N2 strain of avian flu in 2015 caused more than $1 billion dollars in damage to Iowa poultry producers as millions of chickens and turkeys had to be destroyed.

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