- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two more Iowa turkey farms in Sac County have tested positive for the bird flu and state agriculture officials say they’ve found the virus among a backyard duck flock and a backyard chicken flock, both in Sioux County.

The new discoveries announced Monday by the Iowa Department of Agriculture bring to 56 the number of cases reported in the state in 14 counties.

The number of turkeys on each farm was not immediately released.

About 50 ducks and 12 backyard chickens were reported on the Sioux County farms.

Iowa has about nearly 26 million chickens and 960,000 turkeys dead or dying. Most chickens are egg layers while some are pullets, young chickens that were to become egg layers.

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