Bird flu outbreak confirmed at second turkey farm in Minnesota


Federal officials have confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a second Minnesota turkey farm.

The Associated Press reports the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was found in a flock of 66,000 birds at a commercial turkey farm in Lac qui Parle County, in Western Minnesota.

22,000 of the birds died from the virus, while the remaining 44,000 had to be put down.

It comes after the same strain was discovered at a commercial turkey farm in Pope County earlier this month, which resulted in the death of 15,000 birds, with the rest having to be euthanized to prevent its spread.

There about 60-70 miles between Pope County and Lac qui Parle County.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the farm in Lac qui Parle has been quarantined, and the surviving birds will be killed, adding the flock won't enter the food supply and that the risk of the virus transferring to humans is low.

Nonetheless, the USDA advised the following in a news release: "These virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds."

After the initial outbreak in Pope County, more than 40 countries announced import bans on poultry from Minnesota.

Minnesota exports about six million turkeys every year, adding about $100 million to the economy.

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