During a routine test, local health officials in Minnesota identified H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in a Stearns County turkey flock.

All flocks are tested for influenza before they are moved to market, and this finding was part of the everyday process of ensuring a safe food supply and protecting the state’s poultry industry from the spread of influenza.

“The board conducts routine influenza surveillance of poultry flocks in Minnesota, and this early detection is an example of how our system is designed to monitor for disease and respond quickly,” said Dale Lauer, director of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory and assistant director with the board.

The flock of 13-week-old hens has been quarantined and will be tested and monitored until the board determines the flock is virus-negative and the turkeys can be controlled marketed.

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