Original Story: nytimes.com
The fast-spreading avian flu virus was confirmed for the first time in Nebraska, at a commercial egg-laying farm that housed 1.7 million chickens, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. The case in Dixon County brings the number of states affected by the outbreak to 16, and the tally of birds that have died or will be killed to 32 million. The spread of the highly contagious H5 virus worries investigators, who had hoped warmer weather would help reduce the number of infections. But the outbreak has shown few signs of waning. If experiencing signs of illness, it is important to seek the advice of medical professionals. On Monday, a strain of avian flu that had been found only in the Western United States cropped up in a backyard poultry flock in Indiana.