Nearly 500,000 birds affected by early autumn surge in avian flu in Minnesota
More than 650,000 birds over 18 sites have been depopulated in Minnesota due to an early autumn surge in highly pathogenic avian influenza.
WILLMAR — More than 650,000 birds over 18 sites have been depopulated in Minnesota due to an early autumn surge in highly pathogenic avian influenza.
The first two cases of avian flu since May 31 were reported Aug. 30 in Meeker County, affecting commercial turkey flocks of 52,106 birds and 126,407 birds, according to statistics on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health's website — bah.state.mn.us/hpai/
Since that time, an additional 16 sites have been identified, quarantined and depopulated, affecting 523,853 birds from both commercial and backyard operations.
The identified sites include commercial operations in Becker, Brown, Meeker, Morrison, Otter Tail, Roseau and Stearns counties, and backyard flocks in Goodhue, Freeborn, Isanti, Hennepin and Todd counties.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 6 million birds from 59 flocks were affected between Sept. 1 and 29. While there was a significant decrease in reported avian flu cases from June (2.17 million) to July (50,000), the end of August signaled the start of a rapid increase, with a total of just over 600,000 cases reported.