State officials confirm Sac Co. farm is 3rd with bird flu

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu.

The farm's 34,000 turkeys will be killed to contain the virus.

The farm is within a six-mile monitoring zone of the first turkey farm identified in Iowa to have the H5N2 virus.

Sac County is the adjacent county south of Buena Vista County where a farm with 27,000 turkeys was confirmed to have the virus on April 13.

An egg-laying facility with 3.8 million chickens in Osceola County northwest of the turkey farms also has the virus.

State agriculture officials say in the latest case announced Thursday, turkeys began dying and tests at Iowa State University confirmed the bird flu virus is present.

Branstad asks agencies to monitor bird flu outbreak in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor is communicating with agencies overseeing public health and emergency management. Agency officials have been asked to offer resources to respond to the H5N2 virus, which has affected more than 7 million chickens and turkeys in several Midwestern states. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday.

In Iowa, the flu is confirmed in Buena Vista and Osceola counties. Nearly 4 million chickens at one farm will be destroyed.

Centers says Branstad's office has not received a request for a disaster declaration, but resources can be made available without one.