- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - There are no additional bird flu cases in Iowa giving hundreds of state and federal workers and hired contractors a chance to catch up with the backlog of birds to be euthanized.

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials say they expect to have all turkeys exposed to the H5N2 virus euthanized and composting by the end of the day Thursday. That’s about 1.2 million turkeys.

Of the nearly 28 million chickens exposed to the virus, about 24 million have been euthanized. Disposal using composting, on-site burial, incineration and placement in landfills, continues.

Officials believe warmer temperatures will kill the virus and Iowa is expected to have highs in the 80s for the next seven days.

Minnesota reported one new case on a turkey farm.

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