Watching bird flu threat

Watching bird flu threat

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Iowa turkey, egg and broiler farmers should continue to keep an eye on their flocks after  the confirmation of low pathogenic avian influenza in Missouri and Texas in recent weeks.

Low pathogenicity avian influenza virus strains occur naturally in wild migratory waterfowl and shorebirds without causing illness, but there is the potential for low pathogenic viruses to evolve into highly pathogenic viruses, which are extremely infectious, often fatal to domestic poultry and can spread rapidly...

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