Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County gets bird flu

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 21, 2015 at 4:11 p.m.



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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County has tested positive for bird flu, the 17th farm in that northwest Iowa county to get the virus.

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday did not have an immediate count on the number of chickens housed at the egg-laying facility.

The new case brings Iowa's total to 63 farms infected in 15 counties and more than 25.5 million birds dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized.

Iowa has reported 11 new outbreaks this week.

The disease prompted state officials to cancel poultry shows at fairs in the state this summer.

Across the Midwest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts the bird loss at nearly 39 million, mostly chickens and turkeys.

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