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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Bruce Gordon  651-201-7171
bruce.gordon@state.mn.us
Doug Neville  651-201-7562
douglas.neville@state.mn.us
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2015
Avian Influenza Update - June 10
​ST PAUL — The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated and ready to assist for any needs relating to the state’s response to avian influenza. The Joint Information Center will continue to announce any additional cases or significant developments when they occur.
 
No additional HPAI cases in Minnesota
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced no presumptive positive flocks in Minnesota. There have been no additional cases announced in the state since June 5.
 
First affected Minnesota farm restocks
The affected farm in Pope County is in the process of restocking the barns with turkeys. This event marks a new phase of HPAI response as much of the focus shifts to recovery.
One of the first affected farms in Stearns County is also set to restock within the coming days.
 
Restocking process
1. Affected farms complete the cleaning and disinfecting process
2. Environmental samples are taken and test negative for influenza
3. Barns complete a 21-day down time
4. Producer and animal health officials work together to develop restocking plan
 
Current situation
Total number of affected farms – 108
Total number of counties – 23
 
Farms by county/Number of flocks
​Blue Earth: 1 ​Lyon: 1 ​Renville: 8
​Brown: 5 ​Meeker: 10 Roseau: 1
Chippewa: 1 ​Nicollet: 1 Stearns: 14
Clay: 1 Nobles: 1 Steele: 1
Cottonwood: 2​ Otter Tail: 3 Swift: 7
​Kandiyohi: 40 Pipestone: 2 Wadena: 1
​Lac Qui Parle: 1​ Pope: 1 Watonwan: 1
​Le Sueur: 1 Redwood: 4 ​​

Total number of birds affected in Minnesota – 9,024,632
 
Visit the USDA's website for information on all HPAI findings in the United States.
 
To date, animal health officials have completed the following response zone activities:
• Appraisals have been approved for all of the affected premises
• Birds on 107 of the affected farms have been euthanized
• 14 affected farms have completed cleaning and disinfecting
o View the USDA’s fact sheet on cleaning and disinfection
 
Control areas released from quarantine
Once certain criteria are met, HPAI control areas are released from quarantine. This means that poultry producers and backyard flock owners of non-infected premises are no longer restricted in moving poultry or poultry products off of or onto their farms. To date, the following HPAI control areas have been released from quarantine in the following counties:
• Pope
• Lac Qui Parle
• Nobles
 
No public health risk
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that no human infections with this strain of the virus (H5N2) have been detected in Minnesota or elsewhere in the U.S. However, in some cases certain HPAI H5 viruses can infect people and it is important to prevent infections.
In general, avian influenza viruses are spread to people through direct contact with infected birds or their environments, including contaminated bedding, feed or water. Person-to-person spread of avian influenza viruses is rare and limited.
This is not a public health risk or a food safety risk. The potential risk is for those who have direct contact with infected birds.
 
Poultry Workers
MDH is monitoring the health of workers, who have had contact with infected poultry, and providing guidance on infection control, the use of personal protective equipment, and providing support for any other health-related aspects of response.
• People who had close, unprotected contact with infected flocks are recommended to receive an antiviral drug called Tamiflu. MDH does not issue the drug directly. Rather, MDH facilitates getting the prescription for the workers by working with the company occupational health departments or the health care providers for those individuals.
• Workers are then contacted daily for 10 days and monitored for development of respiratory symptoms.
• As of today, MDH has completed follow-up contacts for 104 flocks.
• MDH is currently monitoring 22 poultry personnel for potential symptoms of infection, such as development of an eye infection or respiratory symptoms.
• The MDH 10-day monitoring period has been completed for 380 people associated with 95 flocks; no infections with this virus were detected.
 
Please visit mnairesponse.info to learn more about Minnesota’s response to avian influenza.
 
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EDITOR’S NOTE:
Instead of daily updates, the State Emergency Operations Center will only send news releases when a new presumptive positive flock is identified or if there is a significant development.
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