Arkansas has first HPAI infection since October 2022

While avian influenza reappears in Arkansas, it is also spreading in Minnesota and Saskatchewan.

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After being absent from commercial poultry in Arkansas for more than a year, the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in the state on October 31.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a flock of 31,600 broiler breeder pullets was infected in Madison County.

This is only the second case of HPAI in commercial poultry in Arkansas since the beginning of the 2022-23 HPAI outbreak in the United States. The first case also involved a flock of commercial broiler breeder pullets in Madison County. That case was confirmed on October 7, 2022, and involved 56,000 birds.

Avian influenza spreading in Minnesota

Another commercial turkey operation in Minnesota has been affected by HPAI, with the latest instance occurring in Meeker County. APHIS reported that HPAI was confirmed in the flock of 32,100 birds.

With the latest detection of HPAI in Minnesota, the state has now had 91 premises affected by the virus during the 2022-23 outbreak and the 10th of 2023.

Of those 91 cases, 12 have been in Meeker County, four of which were confirmed in 2023.

Three new Saskatchewan farms affected

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported three new confirmed instances of HPAI in commercial poultry operations in Saskatchewan.

The presence of HPAI was confirmed at one farm each in the rural municipalities of Aberdeen and Huron on November 1, and the day before that, it was confirmed in Fertile Valley.

So far in 2023, Saskatchewan has had five premises affected by HPAI. In 2022, the province had a total of 16 commercial poultry operations affected.

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

Read our ongoing coverage of the global avian influenza outbreak.

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