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Bird flu spreads to more Minnesota turkey farms in October

Five Minnesota counties have now reported avian influenza outbreaks at turkey farms this month as bird flu continues to threaten a key state industry.

Since the resurgence of the virus in Meeker County early in October, cases have been confirmed in Blue Earth, Becker, Kandiyohi and Redwood counties. More than 100,000 birds were killed to prevent further spread, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

About 180,000 birds were culled at two sites in Meeker County earlier this month as the virus struck a large commercial operation in Minnesota for the first time this year.


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