Scientists from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Dairy Association call it H5N2.
Others call it Avian Influenza or the bird flu.
Poultry farmers in Iowa in the last year have called it an epidemic – in their flocks and their ledger columns.
The virus swept through the Midwest last spring, killing more than 40 million chickens mostly in Iowa, the nation’s No. 1 egg producer, at a cost of more than $200 million in losses, according to the Iowa Poultry Association. Poultry shortages caused egg and chicken prices to skyrocket.