The latest outbreak of the H5N2 avian influenza is reported in a commercial egg laying facility in northwest Iowa’s Osceola County.
The first outbreak was found in a turkey facility in Buena Vista County, just to the south of Osceola County, and impacted 37,000 birds. This latest outbreak ramps up the impact significantly with 5.3 million birds that will have to be destroyed. The facility has been put under quarantine.
It is believed the virus is carried by the migration of wild birds. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the risk to people from the virus is considered to be low and there have been no human cases detected.