Avian Flu

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Kandiyohi County Hit Hard From Bird Flu Crisis

So far, 97 farms have been affected by the bird flu since the outbreak began in March. Kandiyohi County is ground zero with 37 of those farms. The state announced three new cases of the bird flu today, six new ones were reported yesterday.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Backing $16.5M Plan For Avian Flu Help

The new state budget Minnesota lawmakers are assembling supplies $16.5 million to aid in the state’s response to the avian flu.

05/16/2015

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Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird Flu

All poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.

05/15/2015

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DFL Lawmaker’s Bird Flu Comments Criticized

A Minnesota legislator is under fire for comments he made about bird flu. Rep. Ron Erhardt wore a lab coat and stethoscope on the state House floor Tuesday.

05/05/2015

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Turkey Appetite Swells At Capitol As State Fights Bird Flu

An appetite for turkey is sweeping lawmakers at Minnesota’s state Capitol. Rural legislators plan a turkey burger cookout on the Capitol lawn Tuesday to support the state’s turkey industry.

05/01/2015

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Minnesota Turkey Farmer Shares Story Of Stress, Hope

Minnesota turkey farmers are on edge, trying to stop the spread of an avian flu that’s killed millions of birds. Scott Heymer is the owner of Red Bridge Farms in Princeton. He’s been in the turkey business for nearly 40 years, with about 60,000 turkeys on his farm

04/30/2015

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1st Batch Of Avian Flu Emergency Aid Clears House

The first batch of emergency money to help Minnesota agencies combat the spread of the avian flu affecting poultry farms is one step from Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

04/29/2015

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Foaming Procedure Kills Infected Turkeys En Masse

The effort to stop bird flu from spreading in Minnesota means millions of birds must be killed. Forty-nine farms in 17 Minnesota counties have found bird flu. If one bird has it, the rest of the flock must be eliminated.

04/27/2015

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An Explanation Of Wild Birds’ Role In Avian Flu Outbreak

Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying the virus and spread it to backyard and commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys.

04/27/2015

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Sen. Klobuchar Seeks Broader Compensation For Poultry Farmers

U.S. Senator Klobuchar met with poultry producers Monday morning in Litchfield. She says some producers have lost everything all in one week. Klobuchar said it was very emotional with several of them breaking down.

04/27/2015

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National Guard Troops Mobilized In Fight Against Avian Flu

National Guard soldiers have been called to help euthanize birds as part of the effort to stem the spread of avian flu in Minnesota.

04/26/2015

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Dayton And Franken Talk Bird Flu At Central Minn. Turkey Farms

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken were in Willmar Saturday to meet with emergency responders and poultry producers and talk about the ongoing response to the virus in Minnesota.

04/25/2015

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Lawmakers Drawing Up Contingency Funding Plans For Bird Flu

Top Minnesota lawmakers said Friday they’re developing contingency plans that would allow state agencies to more easily access emergency response dollars if the spread of avian influenza intensifies in the nation’s leading turkey producing state.

04/24/2015

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Gov. Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird Flu

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that’s killed millions of birds in the state’s poultry industry. The governor’s order activates an emergency operations plan to support the state response to the epidemic.

04/23/2015

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4th Case Of Avian Flu Detected In Wisconsin

There’s another case of bird flu in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Wednesday that H5 avian influenza has been detected in an unidentified turkey flock in Chippewa County.

04/22/2015

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Bird Flu Confirmed At Iowa Farm With 5.3 Million Chickens

Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

04/20/2015

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Another Minnesota Turkey Farm Hit By Deadly Bird Flu Strain

Federal authorities have confirmed another infection in Minnesota of a deadly bird flu strain. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday the latest farm hit by the H5N2 virus had 23,000 turkeys in Kandiyohi County of west-central Minnesota.

04/20/2015

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Walker Declares State Of Emergency Over Bird Flu

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin.

04/20/2015

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An Epidemic: Top 10 Outbreaks In U.S. History

Throughout the years, epidemics and plagues have shaken up societies and cultures around the world.

08/07/2014

Bird Flu

Is Bird Flu Making A Comeback?

Avian flu claimed 310 lives in 15 countries from 2004 to 2006, then the disease quieted down — until now.

03/03/2011