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DES MOINES (WHO) - The number of bird flu cases keep adding up.

Thursday, we learned about another positive test in Buena Vista County in western Iowa -- the 63rd farm infected in 15 counties.

As it spreads, one challenge is how to get rid of all the birds that have to be killed.


Two Iowa landfills have been approved, one near Sheldon and the other near Malvern in southwest Iowa.

But what about the state's largest landfill in Des Moines? The landfill agreed to accept around 1 million dead birds -- if needed.

"We've worked with the people who know most about this and were really reliant on all that information to be able to do this in the safest way possible," said Reo Menning, Metro Waste Authority Executive Director.

At least one Polk County Supervisor is worried about the risk.

"If poultry in Polk County becomes infected with this disease, the perception is going to be it's because Metro Waste Authority agreed to have those birds hauled here, whether it's factual or not that's going to be the perception," said Tom Hockensmith, Polk County Supervisor.

Whether the Polk County site is used depends on how much bird flu spreads.

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