Iowa reports 2 more turkey farms positive for bird flu

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 20, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.



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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say tests on two new turkey farms indicate presence of the bird flu raising the number of cases to 62.

The sixth turkey farm in Sac County and the first case in Calhoun County were added Wednesday to the state's list of contaminated farms on which all birds will be euthanized if the virus is confirmed. The number of turkeys on each farm was not immediately released.

Calhoun County becomes the 15th Iowa County to have bird flu cases reported.

Samples will be sent to a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Ames for confirmation of the H5N2 virus.

The USDA says confirmed outbreaks have claimed nearly 40 million birds in 15 states since early March, mostly in Minnesota and Iowa.

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