A confirmed case of bird flu in Dallas County

DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa — A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu, has been confirmed in Dallas County, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Management announced Thursday.

The virus was found in a non-commercial backyard flock in Dallas County. According to IDALS, the last confirmed case of bird flu in Iowa was on May 2.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said it is not surprising that Iowa has a confirmed case of bird flu, as many other states have recently confirmed confirmed cases virus.

Owners of commercial and backyard flocks should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, IDALS said. Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should be reported immediately to state or federal officials and IDALS.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said recent bird flu findings do not pose a public health concern at this time, but consumers should still follow guidelines for proper handling and cooking of poultry products.

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