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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 4, 2015



Contacts: Dustin Vande Hoef (IDALS) – 515-281-3375
Joelle Hayden (USDA) – 301-851-4040
Gretta Irwin (Iowa Turkey Federation) – 515-232-7492
Press conference to be held at the farm near Manson, IA next Monday, Aug. 10

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that a turkey farm that was infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has started restocking their barn with birds.  The farm completed the cleaning and disinfection process and has negative environmental tests.

A press conference will be held at the farm near Manson next Monday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. The farm is owned and operated by the Brad Moline family and is located at 1640 Shelby Ave., Manson.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Dr. Jack Shere from USDA APHIS, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten, farm owner Brad Moline and the Iowa Turkey Federation will participate in the press conference.

The farm, identified as Calhoun 1, was confirmed to have HPAI on May 19.  This farm has 6 barns that hold 28,800 brooder poults (0 to 5 weeks of age) and 14,400 finisher turkeys (5 weeks to 20 weeks of age).  Repopulation took place on Friday, July 31, 2015.

The details of the event follow here:

Who:               Brad Moline, farmer
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Dr. Jack Shere, Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
Mark Schouten, Director of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Where:           Moline Farm, 1640 Shelby Ave., Manson

When:             Monday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m.

How:               For more information, please contact Dustin Vande Hoef with the Iowa Department of Agriculture at 515-281-3375 or Gretta Irwin with the Iowa Turkey Federation at 515-232-7492.


69 of the 77 control zones being lifted surrounding infected premises

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is in the process of lifting 69 of the 77 control zones that were established around premises in Iowa infected with HPAI.  The 10 kilometer control zone was established around each site with a confirmed case of HPAI.

All premises that had poultry that were located within a 10 kilometer control zone surrounding an infected site were quarantined and all movement of poultry and poultry products, feed, fuel, etc. in and out of those quarantined non-infected premises had to be permitted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

In addition, all premises containing poultry infected with HPAI were quarantined.  This announcement does not affect the status of any premise that had a confirmed case of avian influenza; it only impacts those sites that were not infected but were within the 10 kilometer control zone.

To be eligible for the control zone to be lifted 60 days must have elapsed since the poultry located on the infected premises that caused the control zone to be established were depopulated or 21 days must have elapsed since cleaning and disinfection were completed on the infected premise.

There have been 18 counties with at least one control zone and now there will only be control zones remaining on six farms in three counties.  These farms are located in Adair, Sioux and Wright counties.


Iowa Avian Influenza Situation Update

The Iowa HPAI Incident Command Post is operating under a Unified Command involving the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services.

Since April 13, 2015, there have been 77 total premises and 34 million birds affected with H5N2 HPAI in Iowa. There are 35 commercial turkey flocks, 22 commercial egg production flocks, 13 pullet flocks, 1 breeding flock for a mail order hatchery, and 6 backyard flocks.

Depopulation and disposal has been completed at all 77 premises. Sixteen sites have completed the cleaning and disinfection process.  Four sites are now eligible for repopulation.

USDA APHIS currently has 54 staff members in Iowa assisting in the response.  In addition, more than 1,900 federal contract personnel are in Iowa.

More than 300 state employees have also participated in the disaster response at some point. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Public Health (in conjunction with local public health officials), Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Transportation, and Iowa National Guard have all supported the response effort to this disease.  Numerous local and county government employees and officials have also provided support and assisted in the response to the disease.

Updated information about the number cases, when they are confirmed and other relevant information will be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected and there is no food safety risk for consumers.



Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:     PH: 515-281-5321
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