Bird flu found in Stearns County commercial turkey flock

ST. CLOUD – The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has confirmed that highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 was discovered in a flock of commercial turkeys in Stearns County on Sunday.

A commercial flock of turkeys in Meeker County and a mixed-species backyard flock in Mower County have also been determined to have the disease, according to the Department of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. United States agriculture.

State animal health officials have quarantined the properties and the birds in the flock will be destroyed and will not enter the food system, officials said.

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The first cases of H5N1 in Minnesota were confirmed on Saturday. Avian influenza is an airborne respiratory disease that spreads easily among infected poultry through manure, nasal and eye secretions, and can spread from flock to flock through contact with infected poultry.

The virus has not caused human illness and recent detections of bird flu do not present an immediate public health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The three sites in Minnesota have a total of 313,017 affected birds.

You can find more information on how to report bird flu on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website.

Becca Most is a city reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Contact her at 320-241-8213 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @becca_most.

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