New case of mild bird flu found in Minnesota turkey flock

Published 9:11 pm Friday, November 2, 2018

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has identified another case of a mild form of bird flu in a Minnesota turkey flock.

Routine testing confirmed the presence of low-pathogenic H5N2 virus in a turkey flock in Stearns County.

The flock of 13-week-old hens has been quarantined. The farm will be allowed to market the turkeys once the birds test negative for the disease.

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A similar case of the virus was detected last month in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County.

Officials said this mild form of bird flu is not the same strain of virus that caused a devastating outbreak in 2015, and poses no public health or food safety risk.