Minnesota, California confirm two new avian influenza cases each

The four cases impacted 75,350 birds
calendar icon 14 September 2022
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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on two new farms each in Minnesota and California.

Following an outbreak in Morrison, Minnesota last week that impacted 50,000 commercial turkey meat birds, the state reported two further cases, both on commercial farms. The first was reported on September 8 in Mecker and impacted 34,200 commercial turkey meat birds. The second was confirmed the following day on a commercial turkey breeder hen farm. It impacted 17,100 birds.

The first cases of H5N1 in Minnesota were confirmed on March 25, 2022.

Two new cases were also confirmed in California. In El Dorado, 150 non-poultry birds tested positive for avian influenza on a non-poultry farm. In Fresno, 23,900 commercial broiler breeders also tested positive for avian influenza.

Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in the nearby area, following existing avian influenza response plans.

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