Bird flu found at 4 more Minnesota turkey farms, 1st in ND; brings Midwest toll to almost 1.1M

April 11, 2015 3:23 AM

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The four new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys.

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