Deadly bird flu claims 872,000 turkeys at 13 Minnesota farms

A deadly strain of bird flu has now killed 872,000 turkeys at 13 farms in Minnesota. Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed 4 new cases of the virus in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties.

The 4 farms most recently hit by H5N2 avian influenza will lose 189,000 turkeys. Turkeys not killed by the virus must be euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.

The risk to the public is very low and there is no food safety concern, health officials said.

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