Governor Extends Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation

Fri 5-29-2015 []

(Des Moines)-- Governor Terry Branstad announced today (Fri.) he's extending the State of Disaster Emergency in response to the avian influenza outbreak until July 1st. The original proclamation was set to expire this coming Sunday, May 31st.

As of Thursday Iowa had 68 cases of the disease affecting birds in 18 counties. They include Buena Vista, Sac, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien, Kossuth, Clay, Pocahontas, Cherokee, Madison, Wright, Palo Alto, Lyon, Plymouth, Calhoun, Adair, Webster and Hamilton.

The proclamation and the fact it's being extended means officials in the affected counties will have availability to state resources for a longer period of time.

The Governor's Office says the fact that new cases of bird flu continue to be reported is what prompted the extension.

Two new cases of presumed bird flu were reported today (Fri.) including a pullet farm with an estimated 400,000 birds in Wright county and a turkey operation with an estimated 42,000 birds in Sac county.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Incidence Response team reported several loads of materials were buried Thursday at the Northwest Iowa Landfill near Sheldon. Officials say that was the first deposit of organic materials in a public landfill during this response. On-site burial, composting, incineration and landfill are being used as disposal methods. Officials add the incinerator at the Cherokee landfill came on line Thursday.