Discovery is worst case yet in US outbreak that has already led Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to authorize National Guard to help contain the disease
A lethal strain of bird flu has been discovered in a flock of millions of hens at an Iowa egg-laying facility. Iowa is the top egg-producing state in the US and Monday’s discovery represents the worst case so far in a national outbreak that had already prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds while the company that operates the farm said it was 3.8 million. It was unclear why there was such a discrepancy. Continue reading...