Minnesota now has up to 54 sites infected with bird flu and nearly 2.5 million birds affected – InForum
WILLMAR, Minn. — Morrison County is now home to 11 bird flu infection sites after two new sites were listed on Friday. No other county has more individual infection sites.
The total number of infected sites in Minnesota is now 54 after four new sites, all commercial meat turkey operations, were added to the state Animal Health Board’s tally of confirmed bird flu diagnoses on Friday. highly pathogenic H5N1.
The two new sites in Morrison County were the 10th and 11th poultry flocks. A herd of 48,000 was confirmed on April 19 and a herd of 40,885 was confirmed on April 21.
The seventh site in Stearns County, a herd of 71,958, and the third site in Todd County, a herd of 19,650, were also added to the list on Friday.
Numerical site labels for Todd County sites on the Board of Animal Health’s Avian Influenza Response webpage do not match the number of confirmed sites. A fourth site believed to have been labeled “Todd 01” never received a confirmed diagnosis.
Michael Crusan, director of communications for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, previously told the West Central Tribune that the birds at this site were depopulated because it was linked to another infected site, but this site will not be part of the list of the advice because there was never a positive confirmation.
The council’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 known information on the sites of infection. Data from previous days may also be updated by quality control personnel if more accurate information is collected later.
According to this page, the total inventory of bird flu-affected flocks in Minnesota now stands at 2,465,383, the vast majority in commercial meat turkey operations.