Monday, April 20, 2015

H5N2 Impacts 5.3M Chickens In Iowa, Two More Farms In Minn. - APHIS

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APHIS updated their current listing of poultry farms to be hit by the HPAI H5 virus shortly after 5pm today, and a farm in Iowa – with 5.3 million chickens either infected or exposed – singlehandedly more than doubles the number of birds on the culling block since the virus began to spread across the United States last December.

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With the exception of 200,000 chickens affected 10 days ago in Wisconsin, the H5N2 story in American poultry this winter has been almost entirely centered around turkeys.  While considered less susceptible to HPAI H5N2 than turkeys, today’s announcement will no doubt raise additional  red flags for chicken producers across the nation.


The APHIS report also indicates two more Minnesota turkey farms have been hit in recent days, bring that state’s total to 28 farms involving roughly 1.7 million turkeys.

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