BIRD FLU: Dayton, Franken meet in Willmar, Minn.

The bird flu outbreak has spread to 49 farms and nearly 3 million turkeys.

Congressman Collin Peterson, Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton met with emergency responders and turkey producers to discuss state and federal responses to the bird flu to see what more can be done to contain the epidemic in one of the hardest hit areas in Kandiyohi County.

"This is very, very serious because this is affected not only the producers, their families and their employees," Franken said.

More: Gov. Dayton declares State of Emergency over bird flu

Approximately 2.9 million birds have been affected by the H5N2 virus and this number doesn't include pending flocks. The first flock of chickens struck with the flu has also been confirmed in Clay County -- a commercial flock of more than 260,000 birds.

Safety precautions are being taken on those with the birds, Franken said they are being given Tamiflu and being watched. The Department of Health said no humans have been reported infected with this strain of the virus. State officials still stand by the outbreak posing no risk to public health or food safety.

Gov. Dayton plans to hold an emergency meeting on Monday with his executive council to consider extending the peacetime emergency for 30 days.

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