MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last year’s bird flu epidemic killed nearly 10 million turkeys and egg-laying chickens in Minnesota.

On Thursday, an expanded poultry testing lab opened in Willmar. The new $8.5 million facility replaces the 20-year-old lab.

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It’s part of the state’s investment in Minnesota’s poultry industry and preventing the spread of disease.

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So far this year, there’s been no sign of the deadly bird flu.

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But with fall migration underway, poultry producers and the lab are ready to respond if necessary.