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.
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.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says one of the first farms in Stearns County to be hit by the Midwest bird flu outbreak is set to restock with turkeys in the coming days. It’ll be the second Minnesota poultry farm to resume production.
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.
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.
The top turkey producing county in the top turkey state has reported another case of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported presumptive positive test results Tuesday from a 39th flock in Kandiyohi County.
Bird flu has returned to Minnesota after a lull of over a week with no new cases, with presumptive positive test results from six turkey farms. The new detections announced by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Tuesday.
Connie from Blaine wants to know: Why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Chickens lay eggs more often than turkeys — usually once a day versus a turkey’s every other day. Chickens also don’t incubate their eggs as long as turkeys.
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.
A Minnesota power plant fueled by turkey litter flopped and fell into receivership even before a virulent form of bird flu shook the Midwest’s poultry industry in recent months, yet its new managers say they’re confident they can keep it running for the long haul.
There are no new cases of bird flu to report in Minnesota for a second day this week — but that’s likely little comfort to poultry producers. The virus spread to 82 farms across more than 20 counties in just two months.
Minnesota’s state veterinarian suggested Wednesday that bird flu may be spreading from farm-to-farm in the state’s top turkey-growing counties, a possibility they downplayed in the early days of the outbreak.
The bird flu virus continues to infect flocks in Minnesota. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health said Tuesday that two flocks in Kandiyohi are likely to have tested positive for the disease, which would bump the total number of affected farms to 82.
It’s been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Yet, researchers acknowledge they still know little about a bird flu virus that’s endangered turkey and egg-laying chicken populations that supply much of the nation.
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
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state may set up a low-interest loan program for farmers hit by a deadly bird flu outbreak. Fifty-six farms had been hit with the virus as of Tuesday, costing farmers more than 3.3 million birds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The number of Minnesota farms hit by bird flu outbreaks has taken a big jump — 13 new farms with over 430,000 turkeys. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an update Wednesday evening that the farms with newly confirmed H5N2 infections are all in counties where other farms had been affected earlier.
Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in Wisconsin.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to arm itself with turkey hunters in the fight against bird flu. The state asked hunters in five counties — Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns — to help figure out if the virus has spread to wild turkeys.
Minnesota officials have confirmed four more cases of a bird flu strain that’s cost the state’s turkey producers over 1.6 million birds. The affected farms include one in Roseau County, the northernmost detection of the H5N2 virus in Minnesota so far.
Some scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop. The fear is that if the virus isn’t already lurking in the Atlantic Flyway, it could spread there this fall when wild ducks fly south for the winter.