Agriculture-Department-logoThe number of cases of bird flu in the state has hit 60. The state Ag Department announced four more probable cases Tuesday, three in Sioux County and one in Buena Vista County.

The Buena Vista County case involves 24,000 turkeys, and is the 16th case there. One of the cases in Sioux County includes an estimated 150,000 laying hens, while another facility contains an estimated 100,000 pullets, which are the birds that grow into laying hens. The third new case in Sioux County involves 15 chickens in a backyard flock. It is the 17th case in the county.

The total number of chickens likely infected with the avian influenza is around 24.9 million, while the number of turkeys is now just over 990,000.