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Avian flu strikes second Renville County poultry farm

ST PAUL --The highly pathogenic avian influenza has struck a second Renville County poultry operation, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

ST PAUL -The highly pathogenic avian influenza has struck a second Renville County poultry operation, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

It reported Tuesday that tests showed presumptive infections in two Renville County flocks. They include a flock of 415,000 young chickens, not of egg laying age.

The second presumptive positive occurred in a commercial turkey flock. The number of birds was not yet available.

The two cases represent the seventh and eighth cases of avian influenza in Renville County turkey and chicken operations.

Avian influenza affected the Rembrandt egg-laying operation in Renville in May, causing the loss of 2 million egg-laying hens.  Workers with the United States Department of Agriculture are currently disinfecting the site and composting the euthanized birds. Rembrandt had announced plans to temporarily lay off 39 workers due to the shut down period as barns are disinfected.

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