Avian Influenza confirmed in Minnesota for first time this year

(St. Paul, MN) - Avian influenza has been confirmed for the first time this year in Minnesota.

The state Board of Animal Health announced today that a commercial turkey flock in Meeker County tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza or HPAI.

About 140-thousand birds were euthanized and the site has been put under quarantine.

State Veterinarian Dr. Brian Hoefs says HPAI continues to appear during seasonal migration periods.

Anyone who keeps poultry should report symptoms of HPAI, including sudden deaths, difficulty breathing, decreased appetite, and egg production.

Officials add poultry and eggs should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before consumption.