Bird flu has hit more than 100 Minnesota farms

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday added 4 poultry flocks to state's list of avian influenza detections, including the 38th detection in Kandiyohi County, west of the Twin Cities. Bird flu has now hit 102 farms in 23 Minnesota counties.

Total number of birds affected in Minnesota: 8,318,032

New additions

Blue Earth County: 1st detection

Renville County: 6th detection

Brown County: 3rd detection

Kandiyohi County: 38th detection

Quarantines lifted on backyard flocks

The owners of 14 backyard flocks that were under quarantine in Lac Qui Parle County were recently notified that the quarantines placed on their birds have been lifted. The Lac Qui Parle control area had been in place since March 27 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the first case of bird flu in that county.

The affected commercial turkey farm in Lac Qui Parle County remains under quarantine. The barns have been cleaned and disinfected and are in the 21-day down time period.

Avian influenza poses no threat to the safety of food, and the risk of the public contracting H5N2 is very low.

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