Majority of Iowa’s Bird Flu Quarantine Zones Being Lifted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa agriculture officials say a majority of the quarantine zones set up around poultry farms infected with bird flu are being lifted.

When bird flu was confirmed on a farm, a six-mile zone was established to control traffic. State officials said Tuesday 77 zones were set up but they are in the process of lifting 69 now.

Once completed, officials say there will only be control zones remaining on eight farms in Adair, Clay, Sioux, Webster and Wright counties.

Iowa lost 34 million birds to the bird flu outbreak.

Officials say one of the first infected turkey farms – Brad Moline’s family farm in Manson – has restocked with new birds and Moline will host state and federal officials at a news conference on Monday to discuss the recovery process.