Four more cases of Bird Flu confirmed in Iowa Buena Vista, Lyon and Osceola countiesMd Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : May 15, 2015 19:57 ET
On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture announced that 3 probable cases and another confirmed case of bird flu have been found. These include the 14th and 15th in Buena Vista county with the first in Lyon and the fourth in Osceola counties. Work on disposing millions of turkeys and chickens infected with the virus are continuing. Bill Northey, the Agriculture Secretary in Iowa said his department along with the USDA was assisting the facilities in handling the animals safely.
The biggest issue is the sheer number of birds involved. Some 22 million chickens in the laying houses had to be culled and safely disposed. And when it comes to dealing with this, each site is different presenting unique challenges.
Some of these challenges include composting which in the case of turkeys happens in the buildings itself, and then there are some that are buried on the farm and some other that are either hated or incinerated. To help handle this more incinerators re being pressed into service and many of the animals are being dispatched to landfills.
Experts opine that warmer weather would tend to slow down the spread of the bird flu virus, but lately things have been cooler in Iowa. Northey added that they are hoping that the weather would warm up and help eliminate the virus.
The state of emergency declared by the Governor to help handle the outbreak of bird flu is in the meantime set to expire on 31st May.
The governor declared a state of emergency to help deal with the bird flu outbreak. That declaration is set to expire on May 31st.
So far some 20 states in the US alone have been affected by the avian influenza that is highly pathogenic. Infection from H5 virus has been wide spread among the domestic poultry (commercial flocks and backyard) wild birds and captive wild birds. HPAI H5 detections started in 2014 December and continue to date. The USDA has reported H5 virus detections in as many as 20 states of which 15 states have experienced the outbreak in poultry and in 5 states only wild birds have been affected.
Although human infection from these viruses have not been reported in the US so far, there have been instances where the viruses have infected people in other nations and has been the cause of serious illness and death in some cases.
Four more cases of Bird Flu confirmed in Iowa Buena Vista, Lyon and Osceola counties