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Published August 05, 2009, 02:35 PM

Central Minnesota turkey flock quarantined after avian flu virus detected

MINNEAPOLIS - A commercial turkey flock in central Minnesota's Meeker County has been quarantined after routine testing discovered the avian flu virus.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - A commercial turkey flock in central Minnesota's Meeker County has been quarantined after routine testing discovered the avian flu virus.

The state Bureau of Animal Health says the birds appeared healthy and showed no signs of infection and there's no sign of illness among farm workers.

The board is following the state's containment plan by quarantining the flock and all other flocks within three miles. They will be repeatedly tested for the virus for six weeks.

Dr. Dale Lauer is the assistant director of the board. He says it's not uncommon to find the bird flu virus in domestic poultry flocks, and Minnesota turkey remains safe.

However, if the virus is left unchecked it can change into a form that's lethal to domestic poultry.

Minnesota is the nation's top turkey producing state.

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