Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flying Through Minnesota

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Don't eat any turkey, either:

"Minnesota reports 2 more bird flu cases" Associated Press  April 07, 2015

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s state veterinarian says it will be a challenge to stop wild waterfowl from spreading bird flu to more turkey farms.

Health officials reported two more cases of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain Monday, in Stearns County and in Kandiyohi County. They are the sixth and seventh cases in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey-producing state.

State veterinarian Bill Hartmann says he is confident that farmers’ security precautions will prevent farm-to-farm flu transmission. But keeping migratory birds away from commercial flocks during the spring season is trickier.

The two newest infected flocks had about 100,000 turkeys between them. Surviving birds are being killed and both sites have been quarantined.

Officials say risk to the public is low and food safety is not a concern.

Last week, the bird flu strain, which is deadly to poultry, showed up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota, as well as additional cases in Minnesota.

The US Department of Agriculture said Thursday that it had confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 53,000 turkeys in eastern South Dakota, and a new Minnesota case in the southwest part of the state involving a commercial turkey farm with about 21,000 birds.

The birds at both places have been quarantined and will be killed.

Minnesota was the first to see the H5N2 strain in the Mississippi Flyway, a major wild bird migration route.


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