- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A state veterinary lab has confirmed the presence of bird flu in a commercial turkey flock but it’s still unclear whether it’s a highly contagious strain that has killed hundreds of thousands of poultry in the Midwest.

The North Dakota State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab says samples from the flock of 40,000 turkeys tested positive for H5 avian influenza after the Dickey County flock owner reported an increase in death rates.

State officials are still waiting to get confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, on the exact strain of avian influenza.

The U.S. in recent months has seen an increase in cases of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain affecting and killing poultry.

The risk to people from H5 avian influenza infections is low.

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