MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over.READ MORE: Proposed Texas GOP Elections Audit Would Only Look At Large, Mostly Democratic Counties
While no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected for over a month, Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that the threat hasn’t passed.
Vilsack said poultry producers have caught a break thanks to the summer weather because warmer temperatures tend to kill the virus.READ MORE: Texas Star Gymnast Simone Biles To Return For Olympic Balance Beam Finals
But he also said his agency is aware of the need to be prepared in case the disease reappears this fall. He noted that USDA officials and poultry industry groups plan to meet in Iowa next week to discuss those plans.
Bird flu has cost Midwest poultry producers about 48 million birds, mostly egg-laying chickens in in Iowa and turkeys in Minnesota.MORE NEWS: Thousands Of North Texas Students Head Back To School Monday
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