AI escalates in Minnesota

by Erica Shaffer
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WASHINGTON – More cases of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza infections have appeared at commercial turkey farms in four counties, the US Department of Agriculture reported. A combined 189,000 turkeys are affected.

The flocks are within the Mississippi Flyway where H5N2 was previously identified. The turkey farms are in:

• Cottonwood County - 48,000 turkeys
• Lyon County - 66,000 turkeys
• Stearns County 45,000 turkeys (fourth detection in Stearns)
• Watonwan County - 30,000 turkeys

To date, USDA reported 13 total confirmed cases of H5N2 in Minnesota. Meeker, Kandiyohi, and Lac Qui Parle counties also reported confirmed cases of the virus.
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