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Number of avian flu cases (probable and confirmed) reach 56

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The outbreak of avian influenza continues to grow in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is testing for the virus at four more farms. The new probable cases are in Sac and Sioux Counties. That brings the total number of cases to 56.

According to Iowa's agriculture secretary, the disease has spread to one of three laying hens in Iowa.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the shortage of eggs is becoming a growing concern. He says the outbreak will impact the consumer and will be hard on Iowa farmers.

“As a farmer, I can understand the financial and emotional toll that Iowa's poultry producers are experiencing,” Grassley said. “When drought, disease or other disaster strikes a farm's crop or livestock, the farmer's capacity to recoup and recover depends on a number of factors, such as

adequate insurance coverage, financing and applicable government assistance.”

Grassley says he and Senator Joni Ernst wrote a letter to USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking for USDA resources.

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