MINNEAPOLIS – Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was reported in Minnesota last week.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBOAH) confirmed the virus in a commercial turkey flock of 50,000 in Morrison County.

On Aug. 30, Minnesota also confirmed that commercial turkey flocks had been affected following HPAI confirmation. About 178,500 birds were impacted at two locations in Meeker County.

The last HPAI case for the state before these latest two accounts was April 30.

Recent data from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture regarding Minnesota showed that there have been 62 affected commercial flocks, 22 affected backyard flocks, and a total of 3,192,487 birds affected in this HPAI outbreak.

According to the latest data from APHIS, on Sept. 9 show 430 commercial and backyard flocks have been discovered with HPAI in 39 states. To date, the virus has affected 43.85 million birds.