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MINNESOTA BOARD OF ANIMAL HEALTH

There are 70 sites of confirmed avian flu infection in Minnesota as of Tuesday, May 10. The inventory of flocks diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is approaching 2.9 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
The inventory of flocks in Minnesota diagnosed with H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza is now at 2.1 million, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Six additional infection sites were announced Wednesday, April 20, bringing the total infected sites in the state to 46.
Two more commercial turkey flocks — in Blue Earth and Meeker counties — were added to the growing list of confirmed avian flu sites in Minnesota as of Friday's noon update, bringing the statewide total to 40 sites and 1,939,067 birds affected.
Dr. Beth Thompson, who also is Minnesota's Board of Animal Health executive director, announced she is resigning from her position effective May 8, according to Tuesday, April 12, news release.

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirm in poultry flocks in Meeker and Mower counties in Minnesota.
Hunters will be required to test for chronic wasting disease over the opening weekend of the firearm deer hunting season in regions where the state has tracked the deadly illness in deer.
Last week, officials from the Minnesota DNR’s wildlife health and big game programs, along with partner representatives from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Prion Research and Outreach, gathered to lead two public information sessions about Beltrami County’s current CWD status.
After little action by the state Legislature, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association says repeated chronic wasting disease outbreaks on deer farms threaten the future of hunting.
An outbreak of the neurological disease on a farm in Beltrami County earlier this year sparked an outcry because it marked a significant spread of the disease to northern Minnesota and posed an expanded risk to wild white tailed deer.
The farm, which has 38 adults and 11 fawns, imported the CWD positive animal in 2019 from a Winona County herd.

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The Minnesota Pork Producers Association is working with the state to establish three other composting sites in Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — House Agriculture Committee Chairman and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., will hold a press conference to discuss challenges facing hog farmers in Minnesota and nationwide as processing facilities continue to shutter at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 29, at Worthington Airport.
ST. PAUL -- Your furry family members should be safe from COVID-19.

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