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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works On Chickens; Testing On Turkeys

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

07/22/2015

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USDA Secretary Not Ready To Declare Bird Flu Outbreak Over

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he’s not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over. While no new cases of the H5N2 virus have been detected over for over a month, Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that the threat hasn’t passed.

07/20/2015

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4H Students Settle In To Reality Of Bird-Free Fairs

People visiting county fairs this summer are starting to notice something is missing: birds. The Chisago County Fair opens Thursday in Rush City. And like every other fair in the state, it has been directed to cancel its live poultry exhibits to prevent the possible spread of bird flu.

07/15/2015

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Federal Gov’t To Step Up Bird Flu Monitoring This Fall

The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

07/02/2015

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Bird Flu-Related Layoffs Harming Faribault’s Economy, Residents

It has been nearly three weeks since the last reported case of the bird flu in Minnesota. But the state has been hit hard since the outbreak began in March. About nine million turkeys and more than 100 farms have been lost.

06/24/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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New Bird Flu Cases Slow, Focus Turns To Preventing Repeat

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

06/12/2015

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Canterbury Park Cancels Ostrich Races Due To Bird Flu Scare

There is some breaking news out of Shakopee that is sure to ruffle some feathers. Canterbury Park officials have announced that ostriches will not take part in this year’s Extreme Race Day — the park’s most popular event of the year.

06/11/2015

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Egg Prices Nearly Triple At Some Iowa Stores

Egg prices have tripled at some supermarkets, and we have the outbreak of bird flu to blame. In Iowa, nearly half the birds at farms in the state have been affected by the avian flu.

06/10/2015

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Kandiyohi County Records 40th Bird Flu Case

The top turkey producing county in the country’s top turkey state has recorded its 40th case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday said the state’s latest presumed positive detection is a turkey farm in Kandiyohi County.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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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.

05/27/2015

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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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