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Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey reported outbreaks, which a USDA spokesperson said are not uncommon at live markets.
Officials mull the effects of weather, migration routes, and possible airborne spread.
The farm in Iowa houses 5.3 million chickens, 2 more Minnesota turkey farms are affected, and Ontario has a new outbreak.
The affected farm housed 310,000 turkeys, and Ontario's outbreak is also confirmed to be from H5N2.
Another Minnesota farm has been hit by H5N2, and Ontario and Vietnam also report avian flu outbreaks.
Some wildlife disease experts warn against jumping to easy conclusions.
The 2 highly pathogenic strains in Washington state raise questions about possible connections with outbreaks in Canada and Europe.
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