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Low pathogenic avian flu found in second Minnesota flock

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported Thursday, Nov. 1, that it has identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock in central Minnesota, making it the second case found in Minnesota this season.

The low pathogenic avian influenza was detected in nearby Kandiyohi County turkey flock on Oct. 19.

In both cases, routine testing identified the infections. All flocks are tested for influenza before they are moved to market. The findings are part of the everyday process of ensuring a safe food supply and protecting Minnesota’s poultry industry from the spread of influenza, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

It reported that the flock of 13-week-old hens in Stearns County has been quarantined and will be tested and monitored until the board determines the flock is virus-negative and the turkeys can be controlled marketed.

This is not the same strain of virus that impacted Minnesota and other states in 2015, and thus the board’s response is different. This strain of influenza in poultry does not pose a public health risk or food safety concern.

Turkey producers and farmers who have questions should contact the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory at 320-231-5170 or poultry@state.mn.us.

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