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Two additional avian flu reports bring Minnesota to 60 infection sites

Two additional avian flu infection sites were added to Minnesota's list as of Tuesday, April 26, bringing the total infected sites in the state to 60. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is about 2.72 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is now 2.7 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Sixty infection sites have been confirmed as of the Tuesday, April 26, report, including one additional backyard producer of unspecified poultry.
The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is now 2.7 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Sixty infection sites have been confirmed as of the Tuesday, April 26, report, including one additional backyard producer of unspecified poultry.
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WILLMAR, Minn. — One more backyard poultry producer is among the latest sites infected with avian flu, according to the Tuesday report from the state Board of Animal Health.

A confirmed diagnosis was received Saturday, April 23, in a Rice County producer of 60 unspecified birds.

Stearns County now has its eighth site with a confirmed diagnosis on Monday, April 25, at a commercial meat turkey operation of 14,590 birds.

The Board of Animal Health's tally of confirmed diagnoses of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza now stands at 2,717,892 over 60 sites.

The Board of Animal Health's web page devoted to avian flu response in the state — which can be found at bah.state.mn.us/hpai — is updated by noon each weekday with the information that is known about poultry infection sites. Data from previous days also may be updated by quality control staff if more accurate information is gathered later.

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According to that page, commercial meat turkey operations remain the vast majority of the sites. There are now five sites in the backyard producer category; three sites of commercial turkey breeder hens, all located in Kandiyohi County; and two chicken flocks in Morrison County, one broiler and one egg layer operation.

Susan Lunneborg is the news editor of the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. A journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Lunneborg can be reached at: slunneborg@wctib.com or 320-214-4343.
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