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Iowa to Kill 4.2 Million Birds Due to Bird Flu Outbreak

A case of a rather intense pathogenic avian influenza has been traced to a huge flock of egg-laying chickens in Sioux County, Iowa according to officials, adding that 4.2 million birds were reportedly impacted and will be killed. 

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the USDA unanimously confirmed the bird flu detection on Tuesday, May 28, marking the first case of bird flu in the state this year. 

The avian flu can be deadly for chickens and turkeys, causing them to suffer from difficulty breathing or sudden death. According to officials, the ongoing bird flu has been disastrous, spreading beyond birds. Last year it was traced to US dairy cattle, infecting two people, who accumulated mild symptoms. 

The virus has also been detected in beef and milk.

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