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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed last Thursday that a commercial turkey meat bird operation in Redwood County has been hit with the bird flu. This flock had 18,464 commercial turkey meat birds that came down with highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Since March of 2022, 128 sites in Minnesota have been struck by bird flu, affecting 5,659,866 known birds. In addition to the one discovered this month in Redwood County, other KLGR-area counties that have recently been hit with bird flu this year include Brown (Oct. 25), Kandiyohi (Oct. 24), and Redwood (Oct. 18).
To date, the HPAI strains circulating in the U.S. have not been found to cause illness in people. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, properly handled poultry and poultry products, such as eggs, are safe to eat.