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Avian flu detected in Western Iowa

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BUENA VISTA COUNTY (KWWL) -

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a Buena Vista County.

The virus was detected in a commercial flock of 27,000 turkeys.

While this virus can be harmful to humans, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the risk to people is low and no infections have been reported at this time.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is working directly with the affected facility to ensure that they are taking the proper precautions.

The USDA says these virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

In addition, all bird owners, both commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue keep their birds away from wild birds. The USDA asks for people to report sick birds to state/federal officials at 1-866-536-7593.

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