Minnesota updates avian influenza cases
Affected Minnesota counties include Nicollet (1,102,900 chickens infected), Renville (12,900 turkeys), Kandiyohi (over 100,000 turkeys), Swift (46,200 turkeys) and Pipestone (72,200 turkeys). More than 5.3 million birds have been infected with avian influenza; this figure excludes flocks that still need to be tested for the virus.
A total of 80 farms have been affected by the avian influenza outbreak, with 21 counties reporting avian influenza cases. All of the affected farms have been quarantined to contain the virus.
Health professionals have euthanized birds located on 71 of the farms. They are now working toward efficient carcass disposal for other farms in the region. An additional 650 backyard flocks have been tested for avian influenza contagions.
Health experts maintain that poultry is still safe for humans to consume, but people must properly handle poultry products. It is important to wash hands, sanitize work surfaces and equipment and keep clean.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division has partnered with the State Emergency Operations Center to manage Minnesota’s ongoing battle against avian influenza.