- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - One new Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by bird flu, raising the state’s total to 85 since the outbreaks were first confirmed in early March.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the latest case is in Swift County. The flock size hasn’t been reported yet, but Minnesota turkey and chicken producers have now lost nearly 5.7 million turkeys and chickens to the disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now reports over 140 findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza across the country, which have affected more than 30 million chickens and turkeys.

Minnesota, the country’s top turkey producing state, has had the most farms hit by the H5N2 virus, but Iowa, the country’s top egg producer, has lost by far the most birds at more than 24 million.


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