Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Thousands more turkeys to be killed as bird flu spreads to 4th MN farm

Author:

Another Minnesota turkey farm has been infected with a bird flu strain that is deadly to poultry, the state Board of Animal Health announced Thursday.

The H5N2 (HPAI) avian influenza was recently confirmed at a commercial turkey farm in Nobles County. The flock of 21,000 turkeys is located in the Mississippi flyway, where the strain of avian influenza was first confirmed in the state in early March.

This is the fourth commercial farm in Minnesota to confirm avian influenza. Other cases happened on different farms in different counties, including Pope CountyLac qui Parle County and Stearns County, and appear to be isolated incidents, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) said.

The risk to people from this strain of avian influenza is low, and no human infections have been detected, officials note. The risk of infection is limited to people who are in direct contact the affected birds.

State officials have quarantined all the affected farms and all birds on the property – even the healthy turkeys – will be euthanized to help prevent the disease from spreading, the Board of Animal Health says. The animals will not enter the food source.

MTGA says turkey farmers continue to be on high alert and have adjusted their sanitation procedures to protect their flocks.

Minnesota is the nation's top turkey producing state. These types of outbreaks threaten the state's economy, MPR News reported, due to loss of birds and the possible halt of exports.

Next Up

D'Angelo Russell

With KAT out, Timberwolves can't upset Nets

D'Angelo Russell stepped up but couldn't overcome Brooklyn's firepower.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Everson Griffen confirms he has bipolar disorder

"I’ve been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.”

Angela Renee Jones, St. Cloud murder suspect

St. Cloud suspect now charged in two local murder cases

Both murders happened within a day of each other in June.

st anthony 3 crop

Twin Cities police ask for help finding missing 16-year-old

Police say all her family and friends have been contacted, and none of them know where she is.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

MPD releases photos of shooting suspect, asks for public's help

The man is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday evening.

redmons popcorn colbert 2

Support grows for Redmon's Popcorn after shop's sudden closure

The county also commented on the situation, saying it hopes to help owner Zack Redmon.

prior lake high school

Prior Lake HS investigating another 'racist' video involving student

The principal said the social media video was reported to them this week.

Screen Shot 2021-12-03 at 3.08.27 PM

Walz: Minnesota has secured 1 million rapid, at-home COVID tests for kids

It comes as the delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, and the omicron variant might follow.

boundary waters

Forest Service limiting permits to BWCAW due to damage, overcrowding

Visitors have been cutting down trees and have been forced to compete for campsites.

police lights

Lockdown update: Armed man threatened to go to Kimball High School

A high school and elementary school near St. Cloud went into lockdown as a precaution.

chaska sewer

People in Chaska are flushing the wrong crap down the toilet

Water and sewer crews in Chaska have had to clean the same pump four times in the past seven days.

Related