Th following updates can be made concerning the explosive expansion of avian influenza in the United States:
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a third commercial turkey flock in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. This is the fourteenth confirmation in a commercial flock in Minnesota. The flock of 38,000 turkeys is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified.
H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) has also been confirmed in an additional two commercial turkey flocks in South Dakota (McCook County – 53,000 turkeys and McPherson County – 46,000 turkeys), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in that State to four.
These flocks are within the Central flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified.
The presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock of 60,000 turkeys in Dickey County, North Dakota. This is also located within the Central flyway.