A Minnesota turkey farm has been hit with a case of a mild version of avian influenza. The situation is not a food safety issue according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, who also states, "This is not the same virus that was the cause of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI  Outbreak in the Midwest in 2015."

The news release from the board indicates the outbreak was found in a turkey flock from Kandiyohi County during a routine test. "Testing birds before they go to market is standard protocol for our poultry flocks in Minnesota because it verifies healthy birds are sent to market, and if disease is detected, we can hold the flock and work quickly with producers to address the disease," said Dr. Beth Thompson, State Veterinarian.

The flock was quarantined on Monday, November 22. The animal health board is continuing to test the flock "as well as commercial poultry operations and individuals with backyard flocks within 10 kilometers for signs of the disease. Avian influenza is not a food safety issue."

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