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Will there be another HPAI outbreak this spring?

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A state ag secretary says poultry producers are bracing for the possibility of another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza this spring.

Iowa’s Mike Naig says the virus had a major impact in 2023 with millions of birds depopulated across the state. “We had 19 cases of high path in the state of Iowa this fall.”

He tells Brownfield, “All eyes now turn to spring and the question is whether or not these migratory birds that have been carrying this virus, whether they will have developed an immunity to that or whether they will once again be carrying it with them.”

Naig says finding a solution is no easy task.

Will there be another HPAI outbreak this spring?