Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected at Iowa dairy

USDA announces additional response measures
calendar icon 11 June 2024
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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have detected a case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a herd of dairy cattle in Sioux County, Iowa, according to a recent government-issued press release

Additionally, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is making several requests of USDA to aid affected dairy and poultry farmers and to assist in disease research and response. The Department is also announcing additional response measures to combat the threat of HPAI to poultry and dairy within Iowa.

“Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza continues to pose a significant threat to our livestock and the livelihoods of the farmers that care for them," Naig said. "To better prepare and respond to this challenge, the Department is taking additional response measures and is making additional resource requests of USDA in order to support this ongoing and collaborative effort." 

“Our team remains in daily communication with USDA, other states, farm organisations and industry stakeholders and we will be continually evaluating our response steps as new information arises," he added. "This is going to take the entire agricultural community working together because we all have a stake in protecting the herds and flocks of Iowa."

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