Commercial turkey flocks in Minnesota continue to be affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza, with new cases being reported in Le Sueur and Stearns counties.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MBOAH) reported that the presence of the virus was confirmed in both counties on October 27.

There were 20,058 turkeys in the Le Sueur County flock, and 75,000 turkeys in the Stearns County flock, according to the MBOAH.

This is Le Sueur County’s third case of HPAI in 2022, but the first since April 9. Stearns County has had 11 commercial flocks affected by HPAI this year, as well as one backyard flock.

So far in 2022, Minnesota has had 75 commercial poultry flocks affected by HPAI, as well as 28 backyard flocks.


Avian influenza case in Canada

In addition to the Minnesota detections of HPAI, another case in Canada was confirmed.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that the presence of HPAI was confirmed in a commercial poultry flock in Clear Hills County, Alberta. Information about the type of poultry or how many birds were involved has not yet been confirmed, but that information should later be released by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).

This is the first case of HPAI to be reported in a commercial poultry flock in Clear Hills County in 2022, although the virus was detected in a backyard flock on June 2.

To learn more about HPAI cases in commercial poultry flocks in the United States and Canada, see an interactive map on 

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