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AVIAN FLU

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As of Sept. 7, nationwide there have been 200 commercial flocks, 229 backyard flocks and nearly 44 million birds affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Previous policy limited only birds from avian influenza hotspots.
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Testing of a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County has come back positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza. The flock has been depopulated to stop the spread of the disease.
U.S. ban on hunter-harvested fowl applies only to a few areas of Canada where avian influenza continues.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health released its temporary poultry exhibition ban Friday, July 1. It was first enacted in April in response to highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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The announcement comes as fair season begins. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has affected almost 3 million birds on Minnesota farms in 2022.
The Minnesota Raptor Center had received nearly 200 birds with confirmed bird flu but only a single owl survived.
A temporary statewide ban on poultry events and exhibitions has been extended a second time, this time until July 1. It includes all poultry swaps, fairs, exhibitions and other events where live poultry and susceptible birds are brought together and then disperse.

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