Avian flu infects commercial turkey flock in Iowa

This is the first flock in Cherokee County to be affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza since 2022.

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A new case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a flock of commercial turkeys in Cherokee County, Iowa.

The case was announced by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS) on June 2.

The number of turkeys affected has not yet been disclosed.

Prior to this HPAI detection, Iowa had only had one flock affected by the virus in 2024, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). That was a flock of 4,287,400 commercial laying hens in Sioux County, with that case being confirmed on May 28.

As of June 3, APHIS had not yet released information concerning the Cherokee County turkey flock.

This is the first time since 2022 a flock in Cherokee County has been struck by HPAI. That year, three flocks were affected, all of which involved commercial meat turkeys. Two of those cases were confirmed in December 2022. One of those flocks had 50,000 turkeys and the other had 105,000 turkeys. The other case was confirmed in March 2022, and 88,000 birds were affected.

To learn more about HPAI cases in commercial poultry flocks in the United States, Mexico and Canada, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com. 

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation

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