IDALS: 4.2 million chickens impacted by HPAI in Sioux County

Officials have confirmed a recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Sioux County, Iowa impacted 4.2 million commercial egg-laying chickens.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship tells Brownfield all birds in the flock will be depopulated.

Kevin Stiles, executive director of the North Central Poultry Association, says it’s the first confirmed case of HPAI in the state this year. “We are saddened,” he said. “Saddened for the farmers that are having to deal with this. It’s certainly a stressful time for them and their farm workers.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation for the county effective through June 27th, which allows state agencies to assist with tracking and monitoring, rapid detection, containment, disposal, and disinfection. It also waives regulatory provisions related to commercial vehicles responding to affected sites.

Stiles says he doesn’t expect any disruptions to the U.S. egg supply. “It’s a huge impact for them individually,” he said. “Fortunately, we remain with 300 million egg-laying hens across the country. Our egg supply remains strong.”

And, Stiles says HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern despite recent confirmed cases in dairy workers in Texas and Michigan. He says it remains safe to consume poultry products.

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