- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials say two turkey farms have been added to the list of possible locations with bird flu. The eighth farm in Sac County, one with 40,000 birds, and the third in Hamilton County, a farm with 19,600 birds, have initial positive tests.

The new cases bring the number of Iowa farms infected to 73 and the number of birds to die to 29 million. More than 24 million are egg-laying chickens and nearly 4 million are young chickens that were to be egg-layers. More than 1 million are turkeys.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture also said Wednesday it has asked 15 hazardous materials experts from fire departments in Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Muscatine and Sioux City to help monitor biosecurity, cleaning and decontamination activities at infected farms.

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