MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials in the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed Minnesota’s second case of bird flu in the wild.
According to the DNR, a wild chickadee was recovered in Ramsey County on June 10 and delivered to a wildfire rehabilitation center where it tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The virus was first discovered in the wild when a Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County tested positive for the virus in April.
The case marks the first time a songbird has tested positive for the virus, according to DNR officials. Waterfowl like ducks and geese are more commonly known to carry and spread the virus, though they don’t get sick or die from it.
There have been no newly infected flocks in Minnesota poultry farms since June 5.