Avian influenza strikes again in Iowa turkeys

The latest infection involves a flock of 46,100 commercial meat turkeys.

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza has struck a commercial meat turkey flock in Sac County, Iowa.

A report from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) stated that the presence of the virus was confirmed in the flock on June 21. The flock involved 46,100 turkeys.

This is the third Iowa farm to have a positive detection of HPAI in 2024, and all three of those cases have been confirmed within the past month.

On May 28, a commercial egg laying operation in Sioux County was affected, and on June 3, a commercial meat turkey flock in Cherokee County was affected. Those two instances involved 4,287,500 and 100,000 birds, respectively.

This is the first time HPAI has hit a commercial poultry operation in Sac County since December 12, 2022.

Earlier in June, while speaking at World Pork Expo, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig addressed how the state had been dealing with the H5N1 variant of HPAI in not only laying hens and turkeys, but also in dairy cattle.

The only other state to have confirmed cases of HPAI in commercial poultry during the past month is Minnesota, which has had four flocks affected in June alone.

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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