Overseas Avian Influenza Making MN Poultry Producers Nervious 02 Feb 17

Minnesota poultry industry officials are nervously watching developments overseas as cases of avian influenza are showing up in Europe, Asia and Africa.  

In 2015, an outbreak of H5N2 devastated turkey and chicken flocks in Minnesota, including producers with Northern Pride in Thief River Falls.

Dr. Dale Lauer at the University of Minnesota Poultry Testing Lab in Willmar says, different strains of influenza viruses are circulating in these poultry populations. They can be in wild bird populations or domestic.  

Lauer says the strains hitting the foreign flocks are not H5N2 but are still proving to be deadly.