For the second time in recent weeks, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic avian flu virus in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County.
Today's news marks the eighth confirmation of avian flu in a commercial flock in Minnesota overall, but Center for Disease Control officials say the risk to humans remains low. No human infections with the virus have been reported at this time.
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Avian flu can spread without birds appearing sick. The Kandiyohi County flock in question is located within the Mississippi flyway, where the same strain of avian flu has previously been identified.
Officials advise people who have contact with sick or dead poultry to wash their hands thoroughly and change their clothes before having contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.