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Low-path Avian Influenza H5N2 detected at Minnesota turkey farm

October 23, 2018

Following the 2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak that occurred in central Minnesota, increased surveillance has been implemented during the spring and fall months. This routine surveillance detected a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H5N2 in a
commercial meat-type turkey flock. Partial HA/NA sequencing determined the H5 and N2 to be a low pathogenic virus of North American wild bird lineage. Further characterization is pending virus recovery.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) and USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) are conducting an epidemiological investigation of the event and have increased surveillance in the area as a result of this detection. State officials have quarantined the
affected premises and implemented movement controls. Turkeys from this premises will be depopulated through controlled marketing. The flock is located in Kandiyohi, Kandiyohi County, 100 miles west of Minneapolis

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