June 15, 2015

1st Midwest farm hit by bird flu restarts

Three months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again – even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.

The Pope County farm was restocked with new birds Sunday, Dr. Dale Lauer, an assistant director with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, told The Associated Press. It’s the first affected farm in the country’s top turkey producing state to reach the milestone of resuming production. A few other farms that were among the earliest to see the H5N2 virus will be restocked by next week, he said.

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