- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

HURON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota turkey flock that tested positive for bird flu is one of the Hutterite colonies that own and supply turkeys to Dakota Turkey Growers LLC near Huron.

Growers plant president Ken Rutledge says the birds will be destroyed at Riverside Farms and the operation can start over with a new flock in about six weeks.

He says the Huron plant handles just under 5 million turkeys a year.

The U.S. in recent months has seen an increase in cases of the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza affecting poultry in multiple states.

The state Health Department says no human has been infected with that strain, but workers who came in contact with the birds will watch out for a fever for the next 10 days.

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