CDC – According to the CDC officials, around 14 H5N2 outbreaks were reported in and around the three Midwest states of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The outbreaks were probably noticed on chicken and turkey farms. Agriculture officials were hoping that the warm spring weather would slow down the spread of the avian bird flu virus. Instead, it is spreading very fast.
In Minnesota alone, eight outbreaks were reported, including the previous two untouched counties and a farm housing around 1 million chickens. America’s leading egg producing state, Iowa reported four probable outbreaks, including three turkey farms. Wisconsin too made an entry into the bird-flu affected state reporting two probable outbreaks.
The virus of H5N2 does not survive in the warm weather of spring and with advancing springtime, the chances are that the spread of this virus will slow down. However, at present, the pathogens do not seem to be affected by the increase in the temperature and are spreading their presence very fast.
Recent Incidences in Minnesota
Out of the eight outbreaks in Minnesota, two of the counties are the latest to report the probable H5N2 outbreak including Nicollet and Renville. Nicollet is located around 50 miles to the southwest of the Twin Cities whereas the Renville is located northwest to the Nicollet. The proximity of these two states makes the farms in this location vulnerable to the avian bird-flu virus.
Rapidly Spreading H5N2 Virus
The virus made its first appearance in the US around five months back and until now, the H5N2 virus has killed 21–million populations of birds in the Midwest alone. Since researchers have limited knowledge about the virus, the egg-laying chicken and turkey population is at the brink of being endangered from these states. Midwest states are the major supplier of turkey and eggs in America, and the outbreak has majorly affected their production.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Agriculture are confused as to how the virus can spread widely amid such intensified measures of biosecurity.