Minnesota has 66 sites of confirmed bird flu infection – InForum
WILLMAR, Minnesota — Minnesota continues to add to its list of bird flu infection sites — with 66 confirmed sites — while the number of birds affected hasn’t changed drastically since last week.
Three of the four new sites announced by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health since last week were small backyard producers, including two in Chisago County. Flocks of 55 and 30 unspecified poultry were confirmed on April 30, the first sites in this county.
Morrison County has its 12th infection site, this one a backyard producer of 40 birds confirmed on April 30.
Stearns County now has a ninth infection site, a commercial turkey flock of 10,000 breeding hens confirmed infected on April 29.
The Animal Health Council’s tally of confirmed diagnoses of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza as of Tuesday afternoon stands at 2,728,297.
The Board of Animal Health’s webpage dedicated to the state’s avian flu response – which can be found at bah.state.mn.us/hpai – is updated at noon each weekday with information known at sites of infection in poultry. Data from previous days may also be updated by quality control personnel if more accurate information is collected later.
According to this page, commercial broiler turkey operations remain the vast majority of the 66 sites. Recently, several more backyard producers have been confirmed, and this production category now stands at 10 sites. There are now four commercial turkey breeding hen sites and two chicken flocks in Morrison County, a broiler and a layer farm.
The first cases of the disease in Minnesota – which is fatal to domestic poultry – were confirmed on March 25.
A total of 21 counties in the state have been affected so far. Other affected counties include Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Carver, Dodge, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, LeSueur, Meeker, Mower, Otter Tail, Renville, Rice, Swift, Todd, Waseca and Yellow Medicine.