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Bird Flu Spreads; Millions Of Iowa Chickens To Be Killed

The deadly bird flu strain H5N2 continues to plague poultry farms across the Midwest, including a major commercial operation in Iowa. The initial outbreak occurred in Osceola County, though the Iowa Poultry Association has not yet released the name of the farm.

Poultry producers are being forced to cull their entire populations – almost 8 million birds. Yesterday, Hormel Foods Corporation said that it will be selling less turkey this year because of H5N2.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Sarah Boden of Iowa Public Radio about the impact it is having in the state, especially among farmers.


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