Avian flu strikes South Dakota commercial gamebirds

The operation is in Edmunds County, which has had six flocks affected by avian influenza.

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South Dakota’s most recent detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) involved a commercial upland gamebird flock in Edmunds County.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reported that the presence of the virus was confirmed in the flock on December 21 and involved 3,800 birds.

No state has had more commercial operations affected by HPAI in 2023, as this is the 35th for the state. Six of those have been in Edmunds County. South Dakota also had 61 commercial flocks struck by HPAI in 2022.

While South Dakota is the state that has lost the most flocks in 2022, it is Minnesota that has lost the most flocks during the 2022-23 outbreak, having had 115 flocks affected, with 33 of those flocks being impacted in 2023.

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

View our continuing coverage of the global avian influenza situation

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