Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Avian flu still hitting U.S. flocks

Avian influenza continues to take down more poultry flocks in the United States, even though wildfowl migrating season has ended and weather has turned warm enough to make virus survival shorter.

Four more farms in Iowa have had outbreaks, bringing the total there to 49 flocks that are being eliminated. There are 15 in Buena Vista county alone; the state has 13 counties.

Nebraska had its first outbreak this week, taking down a 1.7-million-bird egg-layer operation.

Canada is likely to join Ecuador and Hong Kong in adding Nebraska to the list of states from which it will not accept any poultry products.