Bird flu returns, Meeker County turkey flock euthanized

LITCHFIELD – A case of bird flu has been discovered in a flock of turkeys in Meeker County.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial turkey farm after an increase in the bird mortality rate was discovered last weekend.

Samples in the birds confirmed the presence of bird flu and prompted the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to euthanize the flock to help prevent the spread of the virus.

A senior veterinarian with the state animal health department said that although the timing of detection is earlier than expected, they have prepared for a resurgence of the bird flu they treated this spring.

Flock owners are encouraged to review their biosecurity measures to help ensure the health of their birds.

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