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Another 15,000 chickens and 37,000 turkeys will be destroyed after bird flu spread to two more Iowa farms, state agriculture officials say.
Since the outbreak began a month ago, millions of fowl have been killed, many of them in Iowa, which is the nation’s leading egg producer.
The latest outbreaks, reported Sunday, were at a commercial turkey flock in Sac County and in a flock of commercial breeding chickens in Humboldt County.
Because the virus is so infectious and deadly for commercial poultry, entire flocks are destroyed and composted on the farms when they are infected. Wild birds carrying the virus are believed to be responsible for its spread.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the cases in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of the avian influenza virus have been detected in the United States.
Correction: An earlier version of this story had a typo regarding the number of chickens destroyed. The correct number is 15,000.
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Sac, Humboldt counties latest in Iowa to experience bird flu outbreaks