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Minnesota turkey flock tests positive for low-pathogenic avian influenza

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association turkey flock
BIRD MONITORING: Following confirmation of a Minnesota flock testing positive for H5 LPAI, the state Board of Animal Health is monitoring and testing that flock and others within a 10-kilometer radius.
H5 LPAI does not pose a health risk to the public or a food safety concern for consumers.

Routine testing by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health found H5 low-pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County, which has been confirmed by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

MBAH said in a news release that H5 LPAI does not pose a risk to the public and there is no food safety concern for consumers. The agency also said this is not the same virus that was the cause of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Midwest in 2015.

State veterinarian Beth Thompson said birds are routinely tested before they go to market because it verifies birds are healthy. If disease is detected, then the flock can be held back while MBAH works with producers to contain the disease.

MBAH quarantined the flock Nov. 22. Officials continue to monitor and test that flock, as well as commercial poultry operations and individuals with backyard flocks within 10 kilometers for signs of the disease.

MBAH is working with federal, state and industry partners in its response. The board noted that biosecurity, an integral component of flock management, can prevent the spread of disease. Backyard flock owners should also practice strict biosecurity, including preventing birds from exposure to wild birds and other types of poultry. The board has biosecurity resources available to assist producers with forming and implementing plans.

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