- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) - A bird flu strain that’s led to the deaths of more than 6.7 million birds in the Midwest has been confirmed at a sixth commercial turkey farm in South Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in a flock of 33,300 birds in Spink County. The confirmation means the virus will have led to the deaths of about 289,000 birds in South Dakota since it appeared in the state last month.

State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says infected birds at the first five farms where the virus has been detected have been euthanized and work is underway at the farm in Spink County.

Oedekoven says it’ll be probably another month before any of the farms that were initially infected can begin producing turkeys again.

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