One of the states hit hardest by the avian influenza outbreak in 2015 is on high alert as the virus continues to spread. Minnesota, the nation’s leading turkey producer, lost about 9 million birds either to disease or depopulation. House Agriculture Committee chair Mike Sundin calls high path avian flu a looming concern:
“Think back five, six years when we had to euthanize (pretty much) all the poultry in the state. That was a disaster.”
The H5N1 virus was detected earlier this year in several East Coast states and has now been confirmed in neighboring Iowa.