By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor
OMAHA (DTN) — The highly pathogenic avian influenza hitting poultry has now migrated westward and infected a backyard flock in western Iowa.
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported Wednesday it and Iowa officials have confirmed a positive case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a backyard flock in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. That reflects the most westward expansion of this year’s confirmed infections. APHIS on Tuesday had reported a confirmed case in a backyard flock in Connecticut.
Cases of the latest spread of the bird flu have been found in backyard or commercial flocks in at least 15 counties across the country since early February, leading USDA to depopulate more than 1.64 million chickens and turkeys. The largest single flock affected so far involved 1.2 million chickens in New Castle County, Delaware, reported on Feb. 22.
The positive case in Iowa, even in a backyard flock, heightens risks to other, larger commercial operations given that Iowa is the country’s largest egg-producing state. The 2015 HPAI outbreak caused 33 million chickens in Iowa, mostly in egg-laying operations, to be depopulated.
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