Avian flu found in Meeker County turkey flock

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), which was last detected in the state in May, was confirmed in a Meeker County commercial turkey flock last weekend, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health says.

After deaths within the flock increased, samples were tested by Minnesota and national laboratories, and the HPAI virus was found.

Measures were taken to stop the spread within the infected flock, the board says, and no poultry from the infected turkey flock will make its way into the food system.

The board says this particular strain of avian flu is not a high risk to the public.

Veterinarians advise owners of all sizes of flocks to review their current biosecurity measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Signs of the disease are decreased water consumption and a spike in deaths. Flock owners whose birds show symptoms, or owners whose birds may have been exposed to the disease, should call their veterinarian.

Veterinarians who receive reports consistent with clinical HPAI symptoms should call the Minnesota Avian Influenza Hotline at 1-833-454-0156, or call 1-800-422-0798 outside regular business hours.

Anyone who may be affected by the resurgence of the virus can monitor detections HERE throughout the fall.