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nbcu s. is facing its worst outbreak of avian flu on record so far this year over thirty million birds have died or been euthanized , the disease has spread to sixteen states , despite the outbreak reuters is found that some farms in northwest iowa a hotbed for the virus have not been following security measures established by the federal and state governments , reuters correspondent tom clancy is in chicago i visited three farms there that had been infected all three of them allowed me to drive up easily onto the property even now they're supposed to be quarantined , according to the u. s. agriculture department on one of the farms , vehicles were allowed to come and go without having their tires sprayed with disinfectant , springs like that have become common aboard it should be common as the industry tries to fight the bird flu because it can be spread on vehicles coming from infected farms , the virus itself is taught to spread by migrating birds but officials are still trying to figure out how these fast moving strains of avian influenza are getting into barnes , in some cases a simple gust of wind that picks up contaminated dust or dirt can be the culprit bringing the virus onto a farm where'd spreads rapidly through a flock killing birds in as little as twenty four hours , the u. s. department of agriculture recommends that anyone handling bird carcasses where the right protective clothing to prevent the spread of the disease workers at facilities that have been infected with the flu are supposed to wear , protective gear and one facility i visited though there were workers who were dressed largely in street clothes and were just wearing hospital type masks as opposed to the respirators nebraska recently became the fourth state to declare a state of emergency because of the outbreak avian flu has not been identified in humans and is not expected to pose a public health risk