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Mild form of bird flu found in the Minnesota turkey crowd



  Mild form of avian flu in Minnesota turkey herd Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

More news headlines [19659006MINNEAPOLIS(AP)AccordingtotheWorldOrganizationforAnimalHealthroutinesurveillancetestsonMondayhaveconfirmedthatlowpathogenicityexistsinN5N2virusinaherdof40000turkeysinMinnesota'stop-turkeyproducingcountyThevirusisoriginallyderivedfromwildbirds

The State Animal Health Authority states that only one in four stables on the farm, housing 10,000 turkeys, is affected.

The herd was quarantined but showed no signs of illness. The farm is allowed to market the birds.

The virus differs from the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus, which caused a massive outbreak in 2015 in turkeys and chickens in the United States, killing nearly 50 million birds. Iowa and Minnesota were the hardest hit states. The outbreak led to a stricter biological safety on poultry farms.

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