Avian Flu Cases Multiply in Iowa

branstad-hpaiIowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency late Friday in Iowa after four new probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were detected in his state, bringing the total now to 21 farms involving over 16 million birds. That includes one quarter of the number one egg state’s laying hen population, roughly six percent of the national total.

Branstad held a press conference on Friday with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten. Iowa Gov declares state of emergency due to HPAI

Additional audio from Secy. Northey press conference on 4/30/15.
Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey comments on impact of new HPAI cases Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey comments on indemnity payments