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HPAI returns to Iowa for first time in 2024


Extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was detected in a flock of industrial layer chickens in Sioux County, Iowa.

The case was confirmed Could 28 by the Iowa Division of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (IDALS). IDALS didn’t share the scale of flock affected, solely that it was in industrial layers. Subsequent revealed studies state that 4.2 million hens had been housed on the farm on the time of the outbreak.

The Sioux County case has not but been reported by america Division of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service (APHIS).

Iowa poultry producers and dairy farmers ought to bolster biosecurity applications and protocols to guard towards HPAI, IDALS beneficial. The company additionally famous that the menace to people stays low.

First HPAI case in 2024

The HPAI case is the primary within the state for 2024. In 2023, Iowa misplaced 2,894,200 birds to HPAI, down from 15.9 million in 2022. Two of the flocks misplaced in 2023 concerned greater than 1 million birds, with the biggest involving 1.6 million.

Previous to the newest Sioux County case, the final time HPAI was reported in Iowa was November 29, 2023. That case impacted 1.6 million hens, additionally in Sioux County.

That was the second egg operation in Iowa to be struck by HPAI in 2023, with the different case being confirmed on November 14, 2023. The state has additionally had 4 industrial turkey flocks affected by HPAI final 12 months.

To study extra about HPAI circumstances in industrial poultry flocks in america, Mexico and Canada, see an interactive map on WATTPoultry.com. 

View our persevering with protection of the world avian influenza scenario

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