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Avian Influenza Spreads in MN: Nearly 2 million birds euthanized


Nearly 2 million birds are in the process of being euthanized in Minnesota due to the rampant spread of avian influenza. That number has nearly doubled since last week.

The Board of Animal Health reports there are 38 commercial or public poultry flocks that have confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) spreading within. Those 38 sites are home to 1,842,860 birds, all of which have been quarantined will be killed to prevent further spread of the disease. 

Sites include Stearns, Swift, Ottertail, Morrison, Big Stone Counties and 12 others. You can see that full list on our website.

The 38 sites and size of each flock can be found in the Board of Animal Health report here. The bird flu is now confirmed at sites in 17 Minnesota counties.

  • 2 in Becker County
  • 1 in Benton County
  • 1 in Big Stone County
  • 1 in Blue Earth County
  • 1 in Dodge County
  • 6 in Kandiyohi County
  • 1 in Lac Qui Parle County
  • 1 in Le Sueur County
  • 2 in Meeker County
  • 7 in Morrison County
  • 1 in Mower County
  • 2 in Otter Tail County
  • 1 in Renville County
  • 5 in Stearns County
  • 1 in Swift County
  • 2 in Waseca County
  • 1 in Yellow Medicine County


Anyone with a poultry flock exhibiting signs of avian influenza should immediately contact their veterinarian and call the Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab at 320-231-5170.

MDARD - Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)