- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s state veterinarian says poultry owners in the state should take extra precaution following the outbreak of a lethal strain of birth flu in Minnesota.

State officials are warning bird producers that the death of 15,000 birds at a Minnesota farm is the first finding of the H5N2 strain of avian influenza in the Mississippi flyway. Officials say it’s unlikely to infect humans.

North Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller says poultry producers should keep their birds away from wetland areas where waterfowl and other wild birds can congregate. Producers should also restrict access to property and practice enhanced biosecurity.

Poultry owners should immediately report unusual death loss to their local veterinarian to decrease the impact the disease may have on the region

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