Iowa poultry producers are on-guard as more than 73-thousand chickens were destroyed since a weekend outbreak of deadly avian influenza at a Tennessee farm.
Thirty other nearby Tennessee farms are quarantined.
Kevin Stiles, executive director of the Iowa Poultry and Egg Association, says the Tennessee outbreak is a worry here, as Iowa dealt with a major outbreak in 2015.
OC………biosecurity standpoint. ;16
Another bird flu outbreak is reported in a Wisconsin turkey farm but it is -not- the highly-pathogenic variety.
Stiles says Iowa’s producers tightened bio-security following the epidemic here two years ago and are just now recovering lost ground.
OC………”influenza outbreak” :18
Tennessee officials will only say the affected farm is in the state’s Lincoln County, west of Chattanooga.
The 2015 bird flu outbreak resulted in the destruction of more than 31-million birds and an economic loss to Iowa of $1.2 billion dollars.
Thanks to Jerry Oster WNAX