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May 05, 2015
Daily Update on Avian Influenza - May 5

​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.

Additional HPAI cases in Minnesota
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced two presumptive positive flocks. The following Minnesota county is affected:

  • Kandiyohi – 30th (turkeys, flock size information coming soon) and 31st (turkeys, flock size information coming soon) detections
Current Situation
Total number of affected farms – 82
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: 31 Otter Tail: 3 Steele: 1
​Lac Qui Parle: 1​ Pipestone: 2 Swift: 5
​Le Sueur: 1 Pope: 1 Wadena: 1
​Lyon: 1 Redwood: 4 Watonwan: 1 ​​
Total number of birds affected in Minnesota – 5,487,232 (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 for 78 of the affected premises.
  • Birds on 73 of the affected farms have been euthanized.
  • Composting is in progress on 69 of the affected farms. Animal health officials and producers are working on carcass disposal on other farms.
  • Sampled 704 backyard flocks falling within the control areas of affected farms.
Personnel Assisting in Response Efforts
  • 81 state employees
  • 129 USDA employees
  • 210 total
Jennie-O workers in Faribault
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has been in close contact and working with Jennie-O Turkey Store on the layoff it announced today and will continue to provide support to separated employees.
  • DEED is in the process of establishing informational meetings for impacted workers. All known impacted workers will receive notice of these meetings and are welcome to attend. There will be information on Unemployment Insurance and the Dislocated Worker program, and an opportunity to enroll in the Dislocated Worker program to receive customized services which may include job search assistance, counselor-approved training, and related support.
  • Impacted employees can call DEED’s Dislocated Worker Rapid Response toll-free number with questions at 866-213-1422 or online
Poultry at county fairs
The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture and USDA APHIS Liaisons are working with a task force of local veterinarians to distribute biosecurity outreach materials to County Fair Boards throughout the state in preparation for the County Fair season. Many county fairs have poultry exhibitions and county officials are asked to further distribute the information to people who raise or exhibit poultry.
Turkey lunch
Governor Dayton attended a turkey burger lunch today at the Minnesota State Capitol, hosted by Representative Dave Baker, Representative Chris Swedzinski, and the Republican Rural Caucus. A picture from the event is available here. (L to R: Sen David Tomassoni of Chisholm, Rep. Jeff Backer of Browns Valley, Governor Mark Dayton, Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown and Rep. Tim Miller of Prinsburg.)
Poultry is Safe to Eat
When eating and preparing eggs and poultry, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reminds consumers to:
  • Handle poultry products properly. Keep clean; wash hands, and clean and sanitize work surfaces and equipment.
  • Separate raw and cooked meat; avoid cross-contamination.
  • Cook meat thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165⁰F.
  • Chill; keep and store food at 40 °F (4.4 ºC) or below and the freezer at 0 °F (-17.7 ºC) or below.
  • Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm and ensure any dishes containing eggs are cooked to 160 °F.
  • Use pasteurized eggs for dishes where eggs are raw or undercooked when they are consumed.
Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture Hotline
Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network, 877-898-MFAN (6326) – referral service for financial assistance, legal services, basic needs, and mental health counseling.
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 70 flocks.
  • MDH is currently monitoring 75 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 172 people associated with 49 flocks; no infections with this virus were detected.
DNR accomplishes goal of 3,000 waterfowl samples
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has reached its goal of collecting 3,000 wild waterfowl samples from around the state. More than 2,800 test results have been received so far and none have tested positive for H5N2. Sampling of live waterfowl may continue this summer during the DNR’s waterfowl-banding season.
Staff continue to test wild bird carcasses and hunter-harvested wild turkeys. Thirty-four wild bird carcasses have been collected and 65 hunter-harvest wild turkeys have been sampled. No hunter-harvested wild turkeys have tested positive for H5N2 and only one wild-bird carcass, a Cooper’s hawk, has test positive. The agency’s avian influenza web site.
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