Highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza has been confirmed in 11 flocks in Iowa and Minnesota. The latest round of outbreaks, reported by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on April 29, includes both turkey and egg layer flocks.

Four suspected cases of avian influenza reported earlier this week by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship have now been confirmed. The newest list of reported outbreaks also brings the total number of avian influenza infected turkey flocks in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, to 23.

USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed H5N2 avian influenza in the following counties and states:

 

  1. Sioux County, Iowa: Commercial layer flock of 3.66 million chickens, second detection in the county
  2. O’Brien County, Iowa: Commercial layer flock of 240,000 chickens, first detection in the county
  3. O’Brien County, Iowa: Commercial layer flock of 98,000 chickens, second detection in the county
  4. Osceola County, Iowa: Commercial layer flock of 258,000 chickens, second detection in the county
  5. Stearns County, Minnesota: Commercial flock of 19,100 turkeys; 11th detection in the county
  6. Steele County, Minnesota: Commercial flock of 82,900 turkeys; first detection in the county
  7. Swift County, Minnesota: Commercial turkey flock, size of flock pending; third detection in the county
  8. Kandiyohi County, Minnesota: Commercial turkey flock, size of flock pending, 20th detection in the county
  9. Kandiyohi County, Minnesota: Commercial flock of 8,400 turkeys; 21st detection in the county
  10. Kandiyohi County, Minnesota: Commercial turkey flock, size of flock pending, 22nd detection in the county
  11. Kandiyohi County, Minnesota: Commercial turkey flock, size of flock pending, 23rd detection in the county

The affected premises have been quarantined and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. 

See WATTAgNet's avian influenza map to keep updated on avian influenza outbreaks in the United States and Canada.