Bird flu expands to 2 more farms raising total to 37



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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say two additional commercial poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu.

A chicken farm in Osceola County with 100,000 birds and a turkey farm in Cherokee County are the latest additions to the list of farms testing positive for the H5N2 virus. The number of turkeys wasn't immediately released by the Iowa Department of Agriculture.

Osceola County now has three cases and Cherokee County totals four.

They raise Iowa's total number to 37 cases in 11 counties.

More than 21 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

More than 100 farms in the Midwest have the bird flu virus with more than 28 million birds affected.

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