The latest case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) involved another commercial meat turkey flock in Minnesota.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on its website that the case  was in Otter Tail  County, and involved 30,000 birds.

This marks the seventh case of HPAI in Otter Tail County. Of the previous six cases, five involved commercial meat turkeys, while the other was a flock of turkey breeder hens. This is the county’s first confirmed case since September 19.

It also marks the 78th case of HPAI to be confirmed in commercial poultry Minnesota, which has by far had the most commercial poultry flocks affected by HPAI in when compared to other states. South Dakota ranks second with 44 cases commercial poultry.

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So far in 2022, an estimated head of 3,812,052 commercial poultry have been lost to the avian influenza outbreak. Only Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Colorado have lost more birds.

So far in 2022, the following Minnesota counties have had commercial poultry flocks affected by HPAI: Stearns, Swift, Le Sueur, Otter Tail, Roseau, Brown, Meeker, Becker, Morrison, Dakota, Kandiyohi, Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Todd, Blue Earth, Waseca, Renville, Dodge and Lac Qui Parle.

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

Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.