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Bird flu found in Iowa; up to 5.3 million chickens to be destroyed
Bird flu found in Iowa; up to 5.3 million chickens to be destroyed

H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu, has reared its head at a commercial egg-laying facility in northwest Iowa that houses as many as 5.3 million chickens, according to state officials. All the birds in the Osceola County facility will be euthanized, according to a statement by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The exact number of birds at the facility is unclear, department spokesman Dustin Vande Hoef said, "but it can house as many as 5.3 million." State officials said they had quarantined the premises. The birds will be destroyed over the next week, Vande Hoef said. "Birds from the flock will not enter the food...

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