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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
May 12, 2015
Daily Update on Avian Influenza - May 12
​ST PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management  Division (HSEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate the state’s ongoing response to avian influenza. HSEM will coordinate resource needs with several state agencies including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
 
No New Cases in Minnesota
  • There are no new suspect cases of HPAI to report today

Current situation
Total number of affected farms – 85
Total number of counties – 21

Farms by county/Number of flocks
​Chippewa: 1 ​Meeker: 8 Renville: 1​
Clay: 1 ​Nicollet: 1 Roseau: 1
Cottonwood: 2​ Nobles: 1 Stearns: 14
Kandiyohi: 32 Otter Tail: 3 Steele: 1
​Lac Qui Parle: 1​ Pipestone: 2 Swift: 7
​Le Sueur: 1 Pope: 1 Wadena: 1
​Lyon: 1 Redwood: 4 Watonwan: 1 ​​

Total number of birds affected in Minnesota – 5,661,932 (not including pending flocks)
 
All affected farms remain under quarantine.
 
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 all of the affected premises.
  • Birds on 82 of the affected farms have been euthanized.
  • Three of the affected farms have completed the carcass disposal process and are working on cleaning and disinfection.
  • Composting is in progress on 79 of the affected farms. Animal health officials and producers are working on carcass disposal on other farms.
    o Many of these farms are about half way through the composting process.
  • 1,147 backyard flocks falling within the control areas of affected farms have completed their first round of mandatory surveillance testing. Out of the test results received to date, only one backyard flock in Minnesota has tested positive for HPAI.
    o 54 of these flocks have completed the second round of sampling. The test results received thus far have been negative.
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